At the Downtown Community Centre, you can register for affordable fitness programs, drop in for a basketball game, learn how to use a computer and more.

Find a program

On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Contact information
  3. Hours
  4. Parking and transit
  5. Register for a program
  6. Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance programs
  7. Community partner programs
  8. Leisure access
  9. Neighbourhood associations
  10. Food and coffee
  11. Hair salon
  12. Outreach and health
  13. Wi-Fi
  14. Washrooms
  15. Rentals

COVID-19 updates

Community centres to begin reopening on Monday, Feb. 22

Effective Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 12:01 a.m., Kitchener and all of Waterloo Region will move to the Red-Control level of the Province’s COVID-19 response framework

Some community centres will continue to remain open for emergency social services such as food distribution, warming centres, addiction support and public access computers. Community centres will begin reopening for some programs and services on February 22. 

Visitors must continue to register through ActiveNet for all programs. All visitors and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

Please visit your community centre’s webpage for operating hours and additional information as it becomes available.

Visit our COVID-19 updates page to learn what's open and closed as well as how city services are affected.


Contact information

Address: 35B Weber Street West

Phone number: 519-741-2501

Email Downtown Community Centre


Hours

Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: closed

The centre will be closed on these days:

  • Friday, April 2
  • Monday, April 5
  • Monday, May 24

Parking and transit

You can get a parking pass for on-site parking from our office on the first floor, through the centre’s front double doors.

These Grant River Transit (GRT) routes stop near the Downtown Community Centre (DCC):

Plan your route with GRT’s trip planner.

GRT no longer offers paper bus tickets. Fare payment information is available on their website.


Register for a program

We offer programs for kids, teens and adults of every age, including the popular programs listed below. Check ActiveNet or your copy of Active Kitchener to find the right program for you.

Programs for kids

  • dance classes (ballet, hip hop, jazz and more)
  • fitness classes
  • sports (basketball, pickleball, indoor soccer and more)
  • piano lessons
  • Kindercraft

Drop-in activities for teens

  • art classes
  • baking lessons
  • video games

Drop-in sports for teens

  • basketball
  • indoor soccer
  • dodgeball

Programs for adults

  • fitness classes
  • computer classes
  • dance classes
  • sports
  • pickleball drop-in for adults and seniors
  • arts and special interest

Ongoing groups

  • book club
  • cards
  • knitting
  • music
  • Scrabble
  • bingo
  • computer (drop in, show and tell, speaker meetings)
  • cycle club (Easy Riders)
  • shuffleboard
  • amigos (social group to celebrate Spanish culture through crafts, games and activities)
  • tennis (offsite at Highland Courts)

Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance programs

The Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance (DNA) offers recreational and social programs at the DCC.

Their popular programs include:

Lessons and classes for kids

  • jazz and ballet
  • Little Vet School
  • Play With Your Food
  • Scientists in School
  • pickleball for youth

Drop-in sports ($3 per visit)

  • badminton
  • dodgeball
  • indoor soccer
  • basketball
  • floor hockey
  • volleyball

Check the DCC guide or ActiveNet to find upcoming programs.


Community partner programs

Check out our community partners to find other programs at the DCC:


Leisure access

Visit our leisure access page to apply for lower registration fees. Our goal is to make city-run programs accessible to everyone.


Neighbourhood associations

There are six neighbourhood associations in the downtown area:

These groups offer programs at the DCC, check your copy of Active Kitchener or the DCC guide for details.


Food and coffee

Sunshine Café

Days open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Hours: 9 am to 1 pm

Sunshine Café serves coffee, speciality coffee drinks and hot chocolate.

DCC Diner

Days open: Monday to Friday

Hours: serves lunch at noon

Visit the DCC Diner to enjoy a hot meal that includes:

  • appetizer
  • main entrée
  • dessert
  • coffee or tea (dine in only)

Daily meals cost $10.77 and the monthly special costs $11.77. These prices include HST.

Please call the centre at 519-741-2501 to make a reservation, 24 hours in advance if possible. Check the DCC Diner’s monthly menu to see what we’re serving each day.

You can also get a mini-meal for takeout. Please call the centre or check in at the kitchen for availability.


Hair salon

Appointments are available from Tuesday to Saturday. Please call 519-741-2200 ext. 5077 to book an appointment.


Outreach and health

Family outreach

The House of Friendship offers family outreach services at the DCC. Please use the phone numbers below to book an appointment.

Dianne Piluk

Days: Monday and Thursday

Phone number: 519-498-7815

Meenu Bhandari

Days: Tuesday and Friday

Phone number: 519-498-7649

Sexual health

The Region of Waterloo offers a Youth Sexual Health Clinic on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.


Wi-Fi

Use your own phone, tablet or computer with our free Wi-Fi. Choose the “Kitchener Public WiFi” network and follow the instructions that show up.


Washrooms

There are men’s and women's washrooms on the first and second floor.

There are change tables in the washrooms on the second floor.

All our bathrooms are accessible. There is also an accessible changeroom.


Rentals

You can rent rooms at the Downtown Community Centre for meetings or events. Call 519-741-2501 for more information.