Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovations

We’re finished!

On Saturday, June 24, the City hosted a community celebration to mark the grand reopening of the newly renovated Victoria Road Recreation Centre.

The aging and outdated recreation facility was renovated to improve accessibility, security, customer service, and to offer new programming space for leisure and recreation programs.

A look behind the scenes

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Victoria Road Recreation Centre renos

Design highlights

Pool level

  • New entrance, multi-purpose rooms, offices, customer service counter, aquatic office, accessible washrooms and change rooms
  • Upgraded 50-metre pool
  • New accessible teaching pool
  • New heating and filtration system
  • Exterior courtyard

Arena level

  • Renovated entrance/lobby and new elevator
  • Upgrade change rooms
  • New lighting and heating
  • Energy efficiency improvements

Upper level

  • Renovated multi-purpose rooms
  • Heated arena viewing area
  • Additional barrier free viewing spaces
  • New facility storage, custodial space upgrades, and office space

Parking lot

  • Redesigned parking lot to include a drop off at the arena and pool entrances
  • New driveway from the arena level of the parking lot to the lower parking lot
  • Additional barrier free parking spaces near the main entrance
  • Landscaping and upgraded site lighting

Budgeting and financing

City Council approved a $15.1 million budget for this project in 2016, which will be funded through:

  • Parkland Dedication reserve – $500,000
  • Recreation Facility development charges – $1,678,000
  • tax funded debt – $12,922,000


The construction work is expected to take 15 months to complete—starting April 2016 and ending in spring 2017.

Quarterly updates



Project partners

What you need to know

Swimming lessons/fitness classes

During renovations, and to accommodate VRRC patrons, we have increased our programming at West End Community Centre, Centennial Pool, and Lyon Leisure Pool. Visit or pick up a copy of the Guelph Community Guide at your local community centre to learn more about the City’s recreation and leisure offerings.

City recreation and leisure facilities

West End Community Centre

21 Imperial Road South

Centennial Pool

289 College Avenue West

Centennial Park Arena

376 College Avenue West

Lyon Leisure Pool

299 York Road

Evergreen Seniors Community Centre

683 Woolwich Street

Recreation user fees and rental rates

Recreation user fees and rates are set by Council each year during the budget process.

Fitness room and sauna

The renovated facility will no longer offer a fitness room and sauna. Our decision to eliminate these services was based on equipment replacement cost, overall patron use, and the physical space needed to meet the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Guelph residents can access the fitness room and sauna at the West End Community Centre, located at 21 Imperial Road South.

Have your say

Last fall, the community provided input into the type of recreation and leisure programming it would like to see offered in the new program space at the VRRC. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. We received a tremendous response, with 1,175 residents commenting on what they would like to see offered in the fall of 2017 and beyond. Our Program and Community Development team is currently reviewing the survey results and will be compiling a list of the top responses. Details, once available, will be posted to this page.

For more information

Heather Flaherty
General Manager
Parks and Recreation
519-822-1260 extension 2664
Mario Petricevic
General Manager
Facilities Management
519-822-1260 extension 2668