North America’s Third Largest YMCA Opens in Lethbridge

The Cor Van Raay YMCA has opened at ATB Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta. This Diamond Schmitt Architects designed facility provides a range of services and amenities, including some that were previously unavailable in the region.

Centre lobby: A big Welcome sign greets visitors in the triple height lobby which runs the length of the new building. Credit: Ed White Photographics

The 240,000-sq-ft building is the third largest in North America and provides an expansive central lobby, a six-gym field house, and children’s program areas.

“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.

Also featured within the new facility is an 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’s two-storey structure boasts a multi-sport field house, gymnasiums, an indoor track, multi-purpose rooms, physiotherapy, and restaurant space.

Children’s amenities include a licensed daycare, child minding, youth room as well as an indoor playground.

According to the Cor Van Raay YMCA’s developers, this $110–million project is Phase 2 of the ATB Centre and connects with Phase 1, which has two NHL-sized ice surfaces and a ten-sheet curling facility.

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