Massive new YMCA opens in Lethbridge
July 19, 2019
The Cor Van Raay YMCA at the ATB Centre is the third largest Y facility in North America.
The Cor Van Raay YMCA has opened at ATB Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta, a $110–million Phase 2 project at the ATB Centre that connects with Phase 1 which includes two NHL-sized ice surfaces and a 10-sheet curling facility.
The large YMCA, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, involves an architecture of integration that allows for connection and transparency throughout the 240,000-sq-ft facility.
An expansive central lobby unites different activity areas including a six-gym field house, children’s program areas, and the aquatics facility.
“The design intent was to create a community destination, one that is welcoming to all, with a wealth of amenity,” said Jarle Lovlin, principal, Diamond Schmitt, in a company release.
The Cor Van Raay YMCA is the third largest in North America. Public consultation informed the choice of features, which include the aquatics centre with two waterslides, a surf simulator, climbing wall, lane pool, lazy river, tots spray area, whirlpool and zero depth entry gentle wave pool.
The fitness area overlooks the aquatics centre in the two-storey structure.
There is a multi-sport field house, gymnasiums, an indoor track, multi-purpose rooms and physiotherapy and restaurant space.
Children’s amenities include a licensed daycare, child minding, youth room and indoor playground. Program areas provide views of the prairies and peaks of the Rocky Mountains on the horizon.
In the opening few weeks, the Y experienced more than 65,000 visitors.