A perfect fit. Twenty years ago, a group of passionate community volunteers partnered with the City of Calgary and generous donors to build Westside Recreation Centre. Ten years ago, the community rallied again and, with the support of the City of Calgary, Province of Alberta and other committed supporters, funded a major renovation that expanded and improved our spaces. Today, Westside Recreation Centre is enjoyed by more than 1.4 million visitors each year. And weâ€™re just getting started.
Early 1990s Community members meet with Parks & Recreation to talk about the need for a new southwest recreation centre
1996 A feasibility study is conducted to gauge the possibilities
Hours of Operation 2 Drop-in Admission 2 Annual Membership 2 Youth Access 3 Childcare 3
Aquatics 5 Climbing 6 Gym Sports 7 Skating 8 Skatepark 8
Adult Programs 11 Personal Fitness Training 12 How Fit Are You? 13
PRESCHOOL & CHILDREN
Preschool Programs 15 Childrenâ€™s Programs 15 Day Camps 16
Youth Wellness Centre 19 Youth Programs 19 Youth Orientation 19 Youth Volunteer Opportunities 19
Birthday Parties & Community Groups 20 Rentals 20
Westside Regional Recreation Society incorporates, working in partnership with the City of Calgary
Search for an architect/developer begins
FACILITY HOURS HOU RS OF OPE R ATION
5:30 AM–10:30 PM
5:30 AM–10:30 PM
5:30 AM–9:00 PM
7:00 AM–9:00 PM
8:00 AM–9:00 PM
Facility areas have varying schedules. Please call 403.531.5875 or visit westsiderec.com for more information. Westside closes early on December 24 and 31 and is closed on December 25.
MONTHLY CONTINUOUS PASS*
2 ADULTS & DEPENDANTS UNDER 18Y
ADULT & CHILD 2Y–9Y
ADD-ON CHILD 2Y–9Y
Pre-paid drop-in also available. Please inquire at Customer Service. Children under 13Y must be accompanied by an adult or have completed the Unparented Orientation to be admitted. * A $50 start-up fee sets you up. There is no charge to cancel.
ADD-ON CHILD 0Y–17Y DEPENDANT
ADD-ON CHILD 18Y–24Y DEPENDANT
Includes priority registration, 20% discount on programs and services, add-on memberships for children and more. Plus Memberships also include private adult-only change area, towel service, personal tote when available, InBody 520 body composition analysis and more. Please call 403.531.5875 or visit westsiderec.com for additional membership information.
October 1998 1998 The City of Calgary approves land lease for a new recreation centre
Senior staff are hired to consult on building design
YOUTH ACCESS Westside is a great place for youth. We offer a fun, welcoming environment for young people with our Youth Wellness Centre and fully equipped fitness spaces. There are scheduled times for shared use and for youth-only access (10Y–17Y) upon completion of a free orientation session. Learn more about our Youth Wellness Centre and Unparented Orientation on page 19 or call 403.531.5875.
Let the kids have some fun while you work out! Pre-booking is required for evening childcare after 5:30 PM and pre-booking for infants is recommended. Parents are required to remain inside the Westside building while using childcare.
8:15 AM–5:30 PM
(DEPENDING ON PRE-BOOKINGS)
5:30 PM–7:30 PM
8:15 AM–5:30 PM
8:15 AM–3:30 PM
8:30 AM–1:00 PM
INFANT 0–18M INFANT 10 HR PASS INFANT 25 HR PASS
$6.20/HR $62 $155
$7.80/HR $78 $195
CHILD 19M–12Y CHILD 10 HR PASS CHILD 25 HR PASS
$5.80/HR $58 $145
$7.40/HR $74 $185
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403.531.5875 Ext. 250 to reserve your spot. May 1999
Groundbreaking for construction of Westside Recreation Centre
Fundraising campaign launches; City, Province and generous community donors step up to fund construction
02 RECREATION GO INSIDE AND PLAY! Thereâ€™s a lot you can do at Westside. Shoot some hoops on the basketball court or enjoy the gymnasium. Skate on the leisure ice, or test your agility in the skatepark. Feeling adventurous? Brave the wave pool or challenge yourself to conquer the climbing wall.
March 2000 Pre-sell more than 1,200 annual memberships on the first day, far exceeding expectations
Grand Opening of Westside Recreation Centre
Childrenâ€™s and adult programs developed
AQUATICS Whether you already swim like a fish or you’re just getting your feet wet, our aquatic park offers activities for all ages and abilities. You can enjoy swimming with friends and family, join an aquatic fitness program, take lessons to learn or improve skills, or enroll in aquatic leadership training. THE FACILIT Y • LEISURE WAVE POOL WITH WATERSLIDE & LAZY RIVER • FOUR-LANE, 25-METRE LAP POOL
• TOT POOL FOR KIDS • HOT TUB & STEAM ROOM
PROG R AMS & LESSONS • RED CROSS SWIM KIDS • LIFESAVING SOCIETY SWIM FOR LIFE • PRESCHOOL SWIM PROGRAMS FOR 3Y–5Y • CHILDREN’S SWIM PROGRAMS FOR 6Y–14Y
• YOUTH SWIM PROGRAMS FOR 10Y–17Y • AQUATIC LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATIONS • ADULT SWIM LESSONS AND AQUAFIT CLASSES • PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS FOR 5Y & UP See our full aquatic program descriptions and register at westsiderec.com/register.
GEAR UP! Children under 3Y are required to wear a waterproof pool pant over a swim diaper (available for purchase at Customer Service). SWIM SAFE Swimmers 0Y–9Y must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult within arm’s reach in the water; swimmers 10Y–12Y must be supervised by an adult or have earned the Unparented Orientation.
First person down the waterslide
First birthday party held at Westside
First skate on the leisure ice
CLIMBING Take your fitness to new heights on Westside’s eightmetre indoor rock wall. Our climbing area is a safe place to learn how to climb and belay, and to improve skills with practice. A variety of lessons and programs are available for climbers of all ages and skill levels. THE DE TAIL S
CLIMBING & GYM SPORTS
• CERTIFIED STAFF AND INSTRUCTORS • DROP IN TO CLIMB DURING OPEN HOURS • CLIMBING EQUIPMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR USE FREE OF CHARGE PROGR AMS & LE S SONS • A VARIETY OF KIDS’ CLIMBING PROGRAMS FOR 5Y–12Y • FAMILY CLIMBING PROGRAMS • INTRODUCTORY BELAY LESSONS FOR 13Y & UP •P RIVATE OR SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN OR ADULTS
See our full climbing program descriptions and register at westsiderec.com/register. NOTE: Parents must sign a waiver in person for climbers under 18Y.
DON'T STOP UNTIL YOU REACH THE TOP! Calling all young climbers! Join our “League of Extraordinary Climbers” to improve your climbing skills, master new techniques and win fun prizes! Visit the Climbing Wall to learn more.
6,196 registered program participants
Award first Westside employee scholarships for post-secondary education
6,000+ PA R TI C I PA N T S
GYM SPORTS Interested in gym sports like basketball, pickleball and badminton? Westside has two double gymnasiums and a youth gymnasium where you can grab a ball, join a pick-up game, or gather friends and start a game. CLIMBING & GYM SPORTS
THE DETAIL S • DROP-IN BASKETBALL, BADMINTON, PICKLEBALL FOR ALL AGES • YOUTH DROP-IN ACTIVITIES SUCH AS VOLLEYBALL, SOCCER, FLOORBALL, MORE • PARENT AND TOT DROP-IN PLAYTIME • BALLS, PICKLEBALL EQUIPMENT, BADMINTON RACQUETS
AND BIRDIES AVAILABLE TO USE FREE OF CHARGE WITH ID
See our scheduled gym activities at westsiderec.com. Courts are first-come, first-served with 20 minute rotations in effect during peak times and seasons. Gym Monitors will assist with rotations when they are on duty.
First Stampede Barbecue
Launch annual Skatefest event in the Skatepark
Westside is home to two skating rinks — an NHL-sized hockey arena and the leisure ice arena designed for more casual fun. Bring your friends and family to enjoy inline skating from May through August, then lace up your blades for ice skating from September through March.
Westside’s outdoor skatepark offers modular elements and obstacles for those just starting out on a skateboard, and for lifelong skaters working to perfect their tricks. The skatepark is open during the warmer months, from May to September, and fully supervised during Westside’s operating hours.
THE FACILIT Y • LEISURE ICE ARENA WITH FIREPITS FOR ICE SKATING (SEPT–MAR) AND INLINE SKATING (MAY–AUG) • POND AREA FOR YOUNGER OR BEGINNER SKATERS
THE DETAIL S • SKATEPARK WITH HALF-PIPE, RAMPS AND RAILS • OUTDOOR HARD COURT FOR BASKETBALL
• NHL-SIZED HOCKEY ARENA FOR CONDITIONING SKATING, SHINNY AND HOCKEY RENTALS
PROG R AMS & LESSONS • SKATEBOARDING LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
PROG R AMS & LESSONS
• SKATEBOARDING CAMPS
• LEARN-TO-SKATE PROGRAMS FOR 3Y–6Y
• SPECIAL EVENTS
• SKATING LESSONS FOR 6Y–12Y • SKATING ASSESSMENTS
See our scheduled skatepark activities at westsiderec.com.
• HOCKEY PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN • ADULT LEARN-TO-SKATE PROGRAMS • DROP-IN SHINNY • PRIVATE OR SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN OR ADULTS
GEAR UP! SKATEBOARDING Certified sport helmet and appropriate outdoor footwear are mandatory for all participants.
See our full skating program descriptions and register at westsiderec.com/register.
GEAR UP! SKATING A CSA-certified winter sports helmet is mandatory for all ice skaters. A CSA-certified helmet is required for all inline skaters.
February 2008 2008 Annual visitors exceed the 1,000,000 mark
1 MILLION + V I S I T O R S
Announcement of a major facility expansion to meet demand
SKATING & SKATEPARK 02 2008 City, province, and generous community supporters once again step up to fund expansion construction
Groundbreaking for Westside Recreation Centre expansion
Expansion construction begins
03 ADULT FITNESS HOME SWEAT HOME The more you sweat, the better you'll feel. Browse Westside's calendar for drop-in classes, registered programs, and all of the latest offerings. Our top-quality instructors will help you work toward your goals and improve your fitness level, one exciting visit at a time.
May 2010 Summer 2009 69th Street and 17th Avenue becomes "Construction Corner" with Westside expansion, new West LRT and new Ernest Manning High School construction happening at the same time
New Youth Wellness Centre unveiled
ADULT PROGRAMS Get from where you are to where you want to be, with programs geared to your abilities and aspirations. Westside is the place to be, whether you’re looking for a challenging workout, a trendy new fitness program, or to get back into a routine of regular physical activity. REGISTE RE D PROG R AMS • YOGA
• INTENSE, SMART & WISE FITNESS
• PRE & POSTNATAL
DROP - IN G ROU P EXE RCISE CL ASSES
Every single day, we offer a variety of adult drop-in group exercise classes, including cardio, strength, cycling and the newest trends in fitness. All classes are instructed by certified fitness professionals and are included with the price of admission. Anyone 16Y and older is welcome to participate. EXE RCISE WITH INTE NTION
Based on physical ability and needs rather than age, Westside’s exercise category system helps you choose classes that are best suited to you. Intense Fitness A high-tempo, vigorous workout, our Intense Fitness programs will push your strength, cardio and determination to the limit. Smart Fitness Perfect for those starting out or returning to fitness, Smart Fitness programs offer a mid-level workout that is lower intensity, but will make you sweat. Wise Fitness Suited for those who need a bit more modification or are recovering from injury, Wise Fitness programs offer exercises to help you maintain a functionally strong, healthy mind and body. See our full fitness program descriptions and register at westsiderec.com/register. June 2010
New fitness, yoga, Pilates, cycle studios and change rooms opened
Skatepark is relocated to make way for the new West LRT line
New Childcare centre opened
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING You can work hard to reach your fitness goals. But you can get there faster, safer and smarter, with expert guidance from our certified fitness trainers. They’ll help you learn practical routines most suited to your needs and proper techniques that will guide your efforts, whether you’re looking to improve your health, or get into amazing shape. • FOR ALL AGES AND FITNESS LEVELS • HIGHLY CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINERS • FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING AND PROGRAMS • WE’LL LISTEN TO YOUR GOALS AND PREFERENCES AND MATCH YOU WITH A TRAINER WE THINK IS PERFECT FOR YOU • AWESOME MEMBER RATES AND AFFORDABLE NONMEMBER RATES
WE OFFE R INDIVIDUAL , G ROU P, SPORTS TE AM -SPECIFIC , PIL ATES AND RE HABILITATION TR AINING PROG R AMS . Individual Training
It’s time to get serious about your fitness with one-on-one
Perfect for high-performance athletes, rehabilitation or anyone
personal training. Focus on sports performance, improved
looking to improve core strength, flexibility and mind-body
strength, cardio, flexibility, rehabilitation, nutrition, fall
connection. Our certified Pilates instructors will design
prevention or all of the above.
a program just for you.
Small Group Training
Round up your friends or co-workers. You’ll enjoy all the benefits
If you’re recovering or rehabbing from an injury, we’re here
and motivation of individual training while sharing the costs
to help. Work together with our certified trainers to develop
among three to six people.
a program to help you heal faster, safer and smarter.
For more information, please call 403.531.5875 Ext. 237.
Teamwork makes the dream work, right? Team training is perfect for athletes looking to make big strides during the off-season or stay in peak condition throughout the season. Workouts will focus on speed, conditioning, power, agility and core training.
Grand Opening of new and expanded spaces
Host first weekly Youth Night
Parking lot is expanded to add 100 new parking stalls
HOW FIT ARE YOU? Not sure where to begin? No problem. If you’re new to fitness, recovering from injury or just want to push it to the next level, an evaluation can help you understand your current fitness profile, set personal goals and tailor a plan to kickstart your journey towards healthier, active living. PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING
Full Body Analysis Whether you’re new or experienced with fitness. InBody 520 analyzes body composition in just a few minutes so you’ll have a comprehensive snapshot of fat, muscle, water levels and overall health. Movement Analysis Functional Movement Screening identifies areas of imbalance and weakness, and prescribes tailored strength exercises to improve performance and prevent injury. Pre-Rehab/Post-Rehab Are you anticipating surgery, physiotherapy or another physical
stressor? Prepare your body before and afterward to enhance the recovery process and your overall health. Pre-Rehab training can improve your functional capacity to withstand a major physical event. Post-Rehab training can help you get back to your old self and, with the help of Westside trainers, maybe even a bit better! Osteopathic Fitness Experiencing an injury? An osteopath will use a combination of physical manipulation and stretching to increase joint mobility, relieve muscle tension and provide exercise advice to aid recovery and prevent recurrence. Perfect Your Golf Swing Let us help you fix your golf game. Swing faults can be caused by subtle physical limitations. Our Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Trainers can identify limitations affecting your swing and tailor exercises to improve your golf performance.
To book any personal fitness assessment, please call 403.531.5875 Ext. 237.
July 2012 Partner with Calgary Stampede to host first Stampede Breakfast
Annual membership reaches an all-time high of 14,523
Westside Regional Recreation Society receives registered charity status
14,523 M E M B E R S
04 CHILDREN MORE FUN THAN YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE! Kids just want to have fun, so we make our kids' programs and camps as fun as possible. It's a great way for the young ones to try new sports and activities, meet new friends, and maybe give Mom and Dad a little break too.
August 2015 27,100 registered program participants
2015 Visitors exceed 1.5 million for the first time
1.5 MILLION + VISITO RS
SIN G LE
It’s never too early to start socializing! Our preschool programs are designed to help children be physically active, play and interact with new friends, develop their motor skills, and have tons of fun. It’s like having playdates scheduled from now until forever. PROG R AMS FOR 1Y TO 6Y • PRESCHOOL PLAY
• COMBINATION PROGRAMS
• ARTS & CRAFTS
• SPECIAL EVENTS &
• GYM SPORTS
PROG R AMS FOR 6Y TO 12Y • MIND & BODY
• GYM SPORTS
• SPECIAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
See our full preschool or children’s program descriptions and register at westsiderec.com/register.
November 2015 Westside celebrates its 15th anniversary
August 2016 Financial support for families in need, community groups exceeds $5 million since program’s launch
$5 MILLION + CO M M U N IT Y
SU PP O RT
PRESCHOOL & CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
PRESCHOOL & CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
DAY CAMPS Let the fun begin! Westside’s cost-effective day camps are an opportunity for your child to play their favourite sports, discover new activities, build skills and make lifelong friends. And while they’re playing, you’ll be free to work or have a much-deserved day to yourself. DAY CAMPS • SINGLE-DAY AND WEEKLY, FULL-DAY AND HALF-DAY CAMPS • SUMMER AND
• CHILDREN’S CAMPS FOR 6Y–12Y • ACTIVITIES LIKE ARTS AND CRAFTS, GAMES, GYM
TIME, SPORTS, SWIMMING,
• PRESCHOOL CAMPS
• PRE- AND POST-CARE
To learn more and register for Day Camps, visit westsiderec.com/register.
PLAY ALL DAY At Westside, kids are never bored because sports, activities, crafts and friends are never boring! During the summer months, our weekly and single-day camps are just the thing for children to feel engaged and put their energy to good use. For program details or to register, visit westsiderec.com/register.
Youth volunteers exceed the 100 mark
Day camp registrants hit 500+ per week
DAY CAMPS 04 GEAR UP! Read your registration confirmation carefully to ensure you bring all needed items. You may need to bring snacks, lunch, a water bottle, outdoor wear, indoor shoes, a swimsuit and towel, skates and helmet. Please submit all required permission/medical forms.
10,540 kids participate in swim programs
Yearly childcare visits hit an all-time high of 16,288
Youth volunteers clock 17,390 hours of work time
05 YOUTH YOU’LL FIT RIGHT IN If you’re 10 to 17, Westside offers great facilities and instruction for young people. The Youth Wellness Centre is your space to work out or take part in fitness programs. The pool, gyms, ice rinks, running track and skatepark offer additional recreation opportunities, depending on your interests. Be sure to stop by on Fridays for regular Youth Nights, too!
2017 Westside signs on to the City of Calgary’s Play Charter, supporting a child’s right to play
2018 2018 Flexible monthly passes are introduced
82,692 adults take part in drop-in exercise classes, the most ever
YOUTH WELLNESS CENTRE
THE FACILIT Y
An active lifestyle can help you feel healthier and stronger and provides a great escape from homework or the house! It can also build confidence and new relationships. For these reasons, we offer a great variety of youth programs for 13Y–17Y. THE DETAIL S • CERTIFIED STAFF AND INSTRUCTORS
U NPARE NTE D ORIE NTATION
• DROP-IN ACTIVITIES AND REGISTERED PROGRAMS
10Y–12Y, NO CHARGE MONDAY–FRIDAY: 6:00 PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY/STAT HOLIDAYS: 1:00 PM
• NO-JUDGMENT ENVIRONMENT WHERE BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME AND LEARNING IS ENCOURAGED
Gives access to the pool, gyms and leisure ice. Orientations are approximately 60 minutes and start at the Customer Service Desk. Youth must bring a swimsuit and their parent is required to sign a form in person at Westside. Orientation includes a swim test, completion of personal information and review of behavioural expectations.
YOUTH DROP - IN PROG R AMS
YOUTH WE LLNESS ORIE NTATION
• BASKETBALL & BADMINTON
10Y–17Y, NO CHARGE MONDAY–FRIDAY: 7:00 PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY/STAT HOLIDAYS: 2:00 PM
We offer youth drop-in group fitness classes and activities. All classes are instructed by certified fitness professionals. Gym activities are non-instructional, drop-in games.
YOUTH REGISTE RE D PROG R AMS
• FITNESS & CONDITIONING
Gives access to the Youth Wellness Centre. Orientations are approximately 45 minutes and start at the Youth Wellness desk. Photo identification is required. Includes a safety summary, completion of personal information and review of behavioural expectations.
To see our full youth program descriptions and to register, visit westsiderec.com/register.
NOTE: Youth 10Y–12Y must first complete the Unparented Orientation.
YOUTH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES We encourage youth to join Westside’s Volunteer Leadership Team as day camp assistants, party hosts, gym monitors or leisure ice monitors. It’s great experience and a super resumé-builder! For more information or to sign up, visit westsiderec.com.
Westside hosts 392 birthday parties
Conducted major Aquatic Park refurbishment
2019 Tailors programming to meet significant growth in senior and youth users
YOUTH PROGRAMS & ORIENTATION
The Youth Wellness Centre is a fully outfitted 19,000-squarefoot area with everything youth 10Y–17Y need to work out with friends. Youth also have access to the pool, gyms, running track, skatepark and more. The Centre offers drop-in activities, weekly youth nights and volunteer opportunities that look great on your resumé!
BIRTHDAY PARTIES & COMMUNITY GROUPS Make Westside the destination for your next birthday party or community group outing! Take a dip in the pool, climb the wall, jump in the gym, glide on the ice or combine a couple of your favourites. Bring your decorations and refreshments, and you’ve got everything you need for a great party. PARTIES INCLU DE : • A SELECTION OF ACTIVITIES
• A RESERVED PARTY ROOM • A PARTY CONTACT PERSON • SO MUCH FUN! For information on parties, group events, corporate or not-forprofit events, please call 403.531.5875 Ext. 249.
We’ve got great spaces. They book up fast, so be sure to inquire at least one week in advance. ARENA
PRIMETIME HOURS: MON–FRI, 4:30 PM–11:45 PM SAT–SUN, 7:30 AM–11:45 PM
NON-PRIMETIME HOURS: MON–FRI, 6:00 AM–4:15 PM GYMNASIUM
FULL GYM HALF GYM
ADDITIONAL FEES MAY APPLY FOR INSTRUCTOR
For information on rentals, please call 403.531.5875.
2019 Westside implements new business software and improves its registration system
2020 Fall 2019 257 Westsiders and their family members have held an annual membership every single year since the doors opened in 2000
O RIG INAL M E M B E RS
Happy Anniversary! We’re just getting started
T: 403.531.5875 2000 69 STREET SW, CALGARY, ALBERTA T3H 4V7 westsiderec.com
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