Brennan Park Recreation Centre

Our community is growing and to meet current demand and future community needs, Brennan Park Recreation Centre requires significant upgrades and renovations. The cost of expanding Brennan Park Recreation Centre will need to be funded through various ways. The District of Squamish is actively exploring innovative funding models, including ways to generate sponsorships, partnerships and grants.

The Project

5 Key Takeaways

  1. The future Brennan Park Recreation Centre will include a second ice-rink and second pool, as well as new programming and administration space, accessibility upgrades, and energy retrofits. At an estimated $100+M price tag, this will be done in phases as funding for each phase is sourced and confirmed.
  2. Grants offered by the federal and provincial governments are an important funding stream. Grants are actively being pursued. This first grant for $11.7M is for energy retrofits and accessibility improvements. The District is also awaiting a decision on a $12.4M grant from the CleanBC Community Fund.
  3. Federal and provincial grants are issued for very specific types of projects, which will dictate what work gets done and when.
  4. Brennan Park Recreation Centre is being upgraded/expanded rather than being demolished/rebuilt. There are various reasons for this:
    • Upgrades/expansions can be paced and staged as funding is available (rather than having to wait to secure funding for the entire major project at once, which would take many years).
    • The existing recreation centre can continue to function while upgrades and expansion takes place.
    • Greenhouse Gas emissions to demolish a building and rebuild are significantly higher than upgrading/expanding.
  5. District staff will be working with recreation user groups over the next several months to help define specific projects in support of future grant opportunities.
Latest News

September 23, 2022

A $16.3M project that will kick start a series of Brennan Park Recreation Centre upgrades over the coming years is moving forward! A Request for Proposals has been issued to hire the project team that will complete this first phase of work. This work is defined by the recently successful federal grant application announced in July. The grant will cover $11.7M of the project costs.

This particular grant is funded through the federal Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program. Eligible work under the grant includes the following: green retrofit projects such as the ice arena and pool heating/cooling reclaim system upgrades; new construction to add an elevator to an expanded second floor; renovation of the second-floor mezzanine for a fitness/program room with adaptable equipment: renovation of ice rink changerooms and lobby.  

July 15, 2022

The District of Squamish received funding from the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (Infrastructure Canada) for the start of a deep energy retrofit, facility upgrades for better community accessibility, and an interior renovation for Squamish’s main recreation complex. 

The federally-funded Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program aims to build more community buildings and improve existing infrastructure – particularly in areas where the population is experiencing higher needs while also making the buildings more energy efficient with lower carbon emissions, more resilient, and higher performing.

  • Project Estimate: $16.3M
  • Grant Funded: $11.7M
  • Timing: Planning and design to start Q4 2022 and construction to start Q2 2023

Grant website Infrastructure Canada - Applicant Guide

Read the news release

Project One
Scope of Work

Green Retrofit

  • Ice arena and pool heating/cooling major reclaim system upgrades
  • Ice arena roof insulation replacement
  • HEPA filter install
  • Staged landscaping to include a no-water garden, bee-friendly plants, solar lighting

New Construction

  • New customer service area 3,900sqft
  • New elevator for second-floor access

Construction Retrofit

  • Renovation of second-floor mezzanine into fitness/program room with adaptable equipment
  • Renovation of ice rink change rooms
  • Renovation of lobby

Green building practices will be utilized to minimize deconstruction/construction waste, enhance stormwater management, reduce water use, increase daylight and reduce energy use.


This work is aimed to enhance equity through gender-neutral washrooms, signage that promotes inclusive language and safe spaces for LGBTQ youth. Access is also enhanced via a new elevator to the upper level, new maps/sign guides, footpath lighting, wider doors, accessible counter heights and power door access to change rooms.

Next Steps
  • Project team engagement
  • Detail scope of work
  • Project schedule
  • Schematic design
  • Staged construction

Brennan Park Recreation Centre will continue to operate during the renovations however there will be some impact on programs and community use. Once the project team is engaged and the scope of work is completed in detail, the community will be notified of the project's timing, detailed suitability measures and operational impacts.

This is the first of many projects slated for Brennan Park Recreation Centre. It forms the first stage of a long-term plan that is in line with the Real Estate and Facilities Master Plan (REFMP) and is only a small portion of work required for the Centre.

The scope of work must follow grant requirements, which have strict guidelines of what can be built under this grant platform. The District has worked within this guideline, plus the REFMP, to determine the scope of work. Projects such as a new pool or ice rink do not fall within this grant guideline, however, the District continues to plan these longer-term projects (in line with the REMFP)

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