Downtown Community Centre

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Community centres have reopened for select programs

Register for programming online through ACTIVENet.

The Region of Waterloo passed a bylaw requiring the wearing of face coverings in enclosed public spaces that is now in effect. You can learn more about the bylaw and what it means for you on the Region of Waterloo site.

Read more about what's open and closed.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 27, the Province has provided updated guidance on the limits for recreation facilities and community centres. These changes include:

  • Indoor capacity of 10 program participants per room/space, provided physical distancing can be maintained. 
  • Outdoor capacity of 25 program participants per space, provided physical distancing can be maintained.

Read more about these and additional changes.

Conveniently nestled in the heart of our city, the Downtown Community Centre (DCC) has been providing the surrounding community access to programs and activities for all ages since 2005.

The centre is located at 35B Weber St. W and features eight multi-use rooms and a large double gymnasium.

The facility is fully accessible and within walking distance of public transit. Visit Grand River Transit for route information and schedules.

Passes are required for on-site parking; you can visit our main office to obtain a parking pass.

 Programs

Safety Measures
Residents can expect a different experience when visiting as the following safety measures remain in effect:
  • Access control: Public access will be controlled and limited to patrons who are registered for programs or have scheduled activities such as a hair salon appointment or use of the gymnasium through the Book your Bubble program. Visitors are asked to come prepared to participate in scheduled programming as access to changerooms will be unavailable. Patrons not participating in a program must wait outside of the centre, this includes family members, friends, drivers, etc. 
  • Pre-screening questions: Visitors will be required to successfully complete a series of health screening questions prior to entry.
  • Masks and face coverings: Visitors are required to wear masks upon entry and while in common areas such as lobbies, hallways or washrooms.
  • Physical distancing: Visitors are always required to maintain a physical distance of at least 2-meters from other patrons.
Book Your Bubble Program
With the Book your Bubble program, residents can pre-book time to use a community centre gym for physical activity with their household of up to 10 people. Booking gym time is free and bookings for each 45-minute time slot can be made online, in-person or by calling the centre. 

The Gymnasium time can only be used for recreational activity only. Team practices or individual coaching is not permitted.  

 

Book your Bubble

 

Please note: The name and phone number of the main contact will be collected for tracking purposes.  The booker must be 18 years or older and the booking must have a minimum of 1 adult in the gym for use with under people under 16 years.  Users are required to bring their own recreational equipment. Staff will sweep and clean gym after each user group. 

 Safety for Book Your Bubble Participants
  • Users will be screened by community centre staff upon entry.
  • If all users pass the initial screening, they will be required to sanitize their hands and wear a mask or face covering while inside the main building.  
  • Participants will come dressed and ready to use the gym as washrooms and changerooms are unavailable. Please note, outdoor shoes are not permitted to be used in the gym.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own water. The community centre’s water fountain can be made available to refill reusable bottles only.  No other outside food or drink is permitted in the centre at this time.
  • Masks will not be required during gym-time. Users will have 45-minutes to use the gym space. Once your time has finished, participants must wear their mask or face covering to exit the building.
Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance Programs

With representation from downtown neighbourhood associations, the Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance organizes recreational and social programs at our community centre to build community spirit and provide a forum for common issues that impact downtown neighbourhoods.

 

All programming, including drop-in sports now require registration.

 

Participants can register for Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance programs and see a complete list of dates and times on Active Kitchener.

 

For detailed information about parking and policies, please review the DNA policies below.

 Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance policies

Thank you for choosing a Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance (DNA) program. This alliance of Neighbourhood Associations, in the hub of Kitchener, organizes recreational and social programs at the Downtown Community Centre. DNA is committed to accessible, quality service and aims to build community spirit and be a forum for the common issues that impact their neighbourhoods.

The online program registration system, known as ACTIVE Net on the City of Kitchener website, provides information about withdrawals, refunds, program cancellations, and so on. By registering for a DNA program, you are eligible to become a Community Member of the DNA. If you would like to receive timely information about programs and events or be a volunteer with DNA, email dnakitchener@bell.net, phone 519-741-2501 or connect on Facebook.

Parking for Programs:

Please ensure that you have a valid parking permit displayed on the front dash of your car. Obtain the permit from the front desk at the Downtown Community Centre. Overflow parking is available in the Duke & Ontario Streets parking garage; bring the ticket you receive on entering the garage to the DCC main office to receive a slip to exit at no charge.

Class Cancellations & Emergency Closings:

Classes may be cancelled in the event of insufficient registration. We reserve the right to change, cancel or alter classes. If classes are unexpectedly cancelled due to an emergency, announcements will be made on most local radio stations; we also make every effort to contact all participants by phone.

 Adult Programs
 
 Registered Programs
The Downtown Community Centre offers a variety of recreational opportunities for adults and older adults, including:

All programming, including drop-in programming now requires registration. For a full listing of current programs, check out Active Kitchener

 Ongoing Groups
 The centre also hosts many volunteer-run ongoing groups for adults/older adults.
 Pay as you Play

Pay as you Play programs are currently suspended until further notice.

 

 Senior day program
The Senior Day Program assists older adults with mobility restrictions attend programs and activities at our older-adult centres.
 Youth programs

Youth services offers free, year-round recreational programming for youth and young adults, ages 12 to 24. For more information, call us at 519-741-2200, ext. 7603.

 Community partners' programs

 

Online English Conversation Circles are now running.  See list below for details:

 Events

 No events are currently scheduled.

News

  • Due to limited parking, we encourage patrons (who are able) to park in the Duke and Ontario garage and ask the front staff at the community centre for an exit ticket. Please see updated parking lot map and park in spaces marked accordingly. To avoid a ticket, a parking pass must be displayed in all vehicles. 

Amenities and services

 
  In-house services
  • Hair Salon is now open on select days.  Please call 519-741-2200 x5077 to book an appointment.
  • DCC Diner. Closed until further notice.
  • Sunshine Cafe. Closed until further notice.  
 Partner services
  • Family Outreach: DCC’s family outreach worker is Dianne Piluk 519-498-7815. Please call to book an off-site appointment. Run by the House of Friendship.
  • Youth Sexual Health Clinic: Clinic currently suspended until further notice.
  Community amenities
Important dates

Centre will be closed on November 11 for Remembrance Day

Rentals

The Downtown Community Centre is a great location for meetings, parties (large or small), sporting events, receptions and special events. The warming kitchen in two of our larger rooms make them ideal for catered and licensed events. For information on rooms at the centre that are available for rent, please call 519-741-2501 or email us.

Photo Gallery: Downtown CC - Rental will appear here on the public site.

Centre hours

Monday 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Thursday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sunday CLOSED

Neighbourhood Associations

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