Rockway Centre offers programs for adults and seniors, including affordable yoga classes, pottery lessons, cooking classes and more.

Find a program

On this page:

  1. Contact information
  2. Hours
  3. Parking and transit
  4. Register for a program
  5. Leisure Access
  6. Group card
  7. Lending library
  8. Washrooms
  9. Wi-Fi
  10. Rentals
  11. Rockway Centre redevelopment
  12. In the neighbourhood

Contact information

Address: 1405 King Street East

Phone number: 519-741-2507

Email Rockway Centre


Hours

Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to noon

Sunday: closed


Parking and transit

Free parking is available off King Street East and Charles Street East.

Grand River Transit (GRT) route 7 and route 8 stop on King Street East in front of Rockway Centre.

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

Get directions on Google Maps


Register for a program

Use the accordions below to see what programs are available, then register on ActiveNet. Registration is required for all programs at Rockway Centre.

Registration dates

Registration for spring 2024 city-run programs at our community centres and summer camps is open now.

Mark your calendars with these upcoming registration dates:

  • summer 2024 programs and swimming lessons: 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11
  • fall 2024 programs and swimming lessons: 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13

Register on ActiveNet

Find a full list of our community centres.

Programs at Rockway Centre

Monday to Saturday

The billiards room is available on a first come, first served basis:

  • Monday to Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Monday
  • 9 a.m. - Mats & Bands with Heike
  • 9:30 a.m. - Watercolour Painting
  • 10 a.m. - Floor Curling
  • 10 a.m. - Virtual "The Chair and I" Fitness
  • 11 a.m. - All in One Workout
  • 12:45 p.m. - Euchre
  • 1 p.m. - Oil Painting Practice
  • 1 p.m. - Tai Chi Practice
  • 1 p.m. - Scrabble
  • 1 p.m. - Canasta - Hand and Foot
  • 1 p.m. - Mah Jongg
  • 1:15 p.m. - Chess
  • 2:15 p.m. - Ping Pong
  • 6:30 p.m. - Bridge Casual
  • 6:45 p.m. - Solo Progressive
Tuesday
  • 9:30 a.m. - Guitar Jam
  • 9:30 a.m. - Horseshoes
  • 10 a.m. - Shape Up with Weights with Heike
  • 10 a.m. - Bereavement Support Group
  • 11 a.m. - Active Senior Fitness
  • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Progressive Intermediate
  • 1 p.m. - Shuffleboard
  • 1 p.m. - Writers Collective (first and third week of each month)
  • 1:15 p.m. - Chess
  • 2 p.m. - Spanish Conversation Practice
  • 5 p.m. - Pottery: Beginner Hand Building
Wednesday
  • 9 a.m. - Stretch For All with Heike
  • 9:30 a.m. - Needles and Crafts
  • 10 a.m. - Virtual Shape Up with Weights
  • 11 a.m. - All in One Workout
  • noon - Canasta
  • 12:45 p.m. - Bid Euchre
  • 1 p.m. - Manos a la Obra
  • 1 p.m. - Crokinole
  • 6:30 p.m. - Canasta Hand and Foot
Thursday
  • 9:30 a.m. - Horseshoes
  • 10 a.m. - Quilting
  • 10 a.m. - Stability Ball for All with Heike
  • 11:30 a.m. - Tai Chi Practice
  • 11:30 a.m. - Cribbage
  • 1 p.m. - Adult Colouring
  • 4:30 p.m. - Stretch For All with Heike
Friday
  • 9 a.m. - Strength Training Advanced
  • 10 a.m. - Virtual Stretch for All
  • 10 a.m. - Morning Out at Rockway
  • 10 a.m. - Drawing Practice Group
  • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Progressive Intermediate
  • 1 p.m. - Canasta - Hand and Foot
  • 1 p.m. - Needles & Crafts
  • 1 p.m. - Manos a la Obra
  • 1:30 p.m. - All in One Workout
Saturday

No Saturday programs during the summer.

Programs at home

Kitchener Tech Connects - free tech courses and technology lending library

We're offering older adults free essential technology training and a technology lending library. The goal of this program is to improve social connections and access to information during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future. We are excited to offer these free tech courses for older adults in our community.

Learn more on our Kitchener Tech Connects page.

Kitchener Connections

Kitchener Connections is an interactive, telephone-based, social and recreational program that aims to keep older adults active and engaged in their community from the comfort of their own home. Sessions are offered daily and include a variety of topics from Trivia, Family Feud, Bingo, Fun Facts, Name that Tune and more! Grab a coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) and hang out with the Kitchener Connections program coordinator to chat!

Please note: Registration is required for all Kitchener Connections programs as space is limited. For more information or to register for Kitchener Connections, call (519) 741-2382. Registration is simple and only requires participants to complete a simple intake form over the phone. Registered participants are welcome to sign up for one or more daily program sessions offered throughout the week.

For more information or to register for Kitchener Connections call (519) 741-2382.

Connections @ Home

To help older adults stay active and connected while at home, we're delivering curated activity boxes and kits to their front door. During registration, we'll ask you to complete an initial questionnaire about your social and leisure interests to help personalize the activities and programs selected for each activity box.

To further support social connections, individuals receiving the activity boxes will be encouraged to join weekly teleconferences or Zoom programs to participate in group activities such as BINGO, guest speakers, trivia games or discussions.

For more information about this program or to register, please call 519-741-2916 (TTY 1-866-969-9994) or send us an email.

Leisure Access

Visit our Leisure Access (fee assistance) page to apply for lower program registration fees. This does not include programs run by our partners. Check with community centre staff for fee assistance options.


Group card

Get unlimited access to ongoing groups at Rockway Centre, Breithaupt Centre and Downtown Community Centre with a group card.

If you don't have a group card, stop by the main office at Rockway Centre or the Downtown Community Centre to get one.

Visit our ongoing groups page to learn more.


Lending library

Donate or pick up a new book or puzzle from our lending library.

The lending library is located on the main floor.


Washrooms

These washrooms are available at Rockway Centre:

  • men’s and women’s washrooms in the basement and main floor (both accessible)
  • one gender-neutral washroom on the second floor

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.

Visit our Digital Kitchener page to find online safety resources.


Rentals

You can rent rooms at Rockway Centre for meetings or events. Room rates are per hour and include HST. Capacities include chairs only. If tables are required, the capacity will be less.

  • workshop – seating capacity 14 people - $21.58 per hour, including HST
  • King Street room – seating capacity 20 people - $21.58 per hour, including HST
  • games room – seating capacity 14 people - $21.58 per hour, including HST
  • boardroom – seating capacity 10 people - $21.58 per hour, including HST
  • program room – seating capacity 12 people - $21.58 per hour, including HST
  • multipurpose room – seating capacity 30 people - $30.77 per hour, including HST
  • heritage room – seating capacity 50 people - $30.77 per hour, including HST
  • meeting room – seating capacity 60 people - $42.73 per hour, including HST
  • auditorium – seating capacity 100 people - $66.93 per hour, including HST
  • patio – seating capacity 90 people - $51.17 per hour, including HST

Note that when booked after business hours a three hour minimum rental is required and additional staff charges will apply.

Depending on the nature of your event other rental costs can include:

  • Resound and SOCAN fees
  • insurance
  • licensing

If you're interested in booking this facility or getting a more detailed quote, please complete the inquiry form to tell us more about your event. Staff will confirm the details of your event with you before finalizing the booking.


Rockway Centre redevelopment

We're starting the process of redeveloping Rockway Centre with a new, modern, purpose-built facility to create a centre that will better meet your needs. We’re committed to working with current visitors and older adults from across the city.

We haven't made a decision about where the new centre will be located. We believe it would be beneficial to look for partnerships that would see the centre redeveloped in its current location, or in a location near the current site. Through an open, transparent and competitive bidding process, we will be looking for a development partner who is interested in working with us.

Council endorsement

City council endorsed a staff report on April 29, 2024, with direction to move ahead with redeveloping Rockway Centre.

Request for Information

The first phase of the project involved a Request for Information (RFI) to help us understand the options potential partners would consider in redeveloping Rockway Centre. The RFI is now closed, and the first phase of work approved by city council is now complete.

Engagement and Request for Proposal

The next phase of the project includes community engagement, which will take place in late summer/early fall. Rockway Centre patrons and older adults from across Kitchener will have an opportunity to help us define clear requirements for the new older adult centre. These requirements will help inform the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, which is expected to take place in early 2025.

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In the neighbourhood

Rockway Gardens, a popular photo spot, is across the street from Rockway Centre.

Tee up at Rockway Golf Course, a short trip away from Rockway Centre.