W.E. Connect

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‘W.E. Connect’ text and illustrations of the West End Community Centre, King George Secondary School and Joe Fortes Library.

An important West End community location is being re-imagined. Help us guide the future redevelopment of the West End Community Hub, the site that includes the West End Community Centre, King George Secondary School, Joe Fortes Library, and other important facilities.

The result will be a plan to celebrate and strengthen Vancouver’s connection to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and support play, learning, creativity and wellness for all people.

In fall 2021, the community helped create a vision for the West End Community Hub. In winter 2022, we asked which activities and spaces you would most like to see at this valued community hub.


Get Involved

Community engagement for the spaces and activities phase was available from February 2 – March 8, 2022.

The Activities and Spaces at the Future West End Community Hub Survey and virtual open house are now closed. Thank you to everyone who shared your voice and let us know which activities and spaces you would like to see at the future West End Community Hub. Check out the spaces and activities engagement report here.

Based on this valuable feedback, project partners are now working to develop initial options for the community hub spaces could take shape, which will be shared with the community for feedback in the fall. Check back here to keep up to date with future engagement opportunities.


A Renewal Plan

W.E. Connect is a community engagement process led by the City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver Public Library, and the West End Community Centre Association to support the West End Community Hub (WECH) Renewal Plan. This work builds on previous community engagement processes and takes direction from the West End Community Plan, VSB Long Range Facilities Plan, Vancouver Public Library Strategic Plan, and VanPlay.

This project will produce a renewal plan - a document that will guide and direct the future of the site’s buildings, programming, and outdoor spaces.

  • The West End Community Centre will be replaced to meet the needs of the growing West End neighbourhood, including renewal of an ice rink. The community amenities operated by the City on the site include an ice rink, fitness centre, childcare, library and underground parking.

  • King George Secondary School will be redeveloped to provide more spaces for students and meet seismic upgrade requirements.

  • Joe Fortes Public Library will be expanded to provide a larger library space.

  • The renewed community hub will likely have combined and shared programming spaces. Other potential uses that could serve the West End will be considered for addition or expansion in the renewal plan, including a relocation of Firehall No. 6, childcare, seniors’ spaces, and arts and culture facilities.





An important West End community location is being re-imagined. Help us guide the future redevelopment of the West End Community Hub, the site that includes the West End Community Centre, King George Secondary School, Joe Fortes Library, and other important facilities.

The result will be a plan to celebrate and strengthen Vancouver’s connection to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and support play, learning, creativity and wellness for all people.

In fall 2021, the community helped create a vision for the West End Community Hub. In winter 2022, we asked which activities and spaces you would most like to see at this valued community hub.


Get Involved

Community engagement for the spaces and activities phase was available from February 2 – March 8, 2022.

The Activities and Spaces at the Future West End Community Hub Survey and virtual open house are now closed. Thank you to everyone who shared your voice and let us know which activities and spaces you would like to see at the future West End Community Hub. Check out the spaces and activities engagement report here.

Based on this valuable feedback, project partners are now working to develop initial options for the community hub spaces could take shape, which will be shared with the community for feedback in the fall. Check back here to keep up to date with future engagement opportunities.


A Renewal Plan

W.E. Connect is a community engagement process led by the City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver Public Library, and the West End Community Centre Association to support the West End Community Hub (WECH) Renewal Plan. This work builds on previous community engagement processes and takes direction from the West End Community Plan, VSB Long Range Facilities Plan, Vancouver Public Library Strategic Plan, and VanPlay.

This project will produce a renewal plan - a document that will guide and direct the future of the site’s buildings, programming, and outdoor spaces.

  • The West End Community Centre will be replaced to meet the needs of the growing West End neighbourhood, including renewal of an ice rink. The community amenities operated by the City on the site include an ice rink, fitness centre, childcare, library and underground parking.

  • King George Secondary School will be redeveloped to provide more spaces for students and meet seismic upgrade requirements.

  • Joe Fortes Public Library will be expanded to provide a larger library space.

  • The renewed community hub will likely have combined and shared programming spaces. Other potential uses that could serve the West End will be considered for addition or expansion in the renewal plan, including a relocation of Firehall No. 6, childcare, seniors’ spaces, and arts and culture facilities.





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Ask us a question about the reimagining process for the West End Community Hub here. 

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    Are you considering adding a public playground, including something for kids under 5? The West End currently has no public playground, so families need to walk to a different neighborhood (Coal Harbour, Yaletown) or go on a long walk into Stanley Park to access one. All those options are too far for a preschooler to walk on a daily basis, and don't allow parents, caregivers and children to meet others in their local community. Schoolyard playgrounds are closed to the public most days (and not built for the developmental needs of a preschooler). A neighbourhood splash pad would also be a welcome bonus for the outdoor space, and would be used by the local schools & daycares and help give some relief during heat waves. Please build a neighborhood playground to allow local parents, caregivers and children to build community, socialize and meet their neighbours, all while supporting the developmental needs of our community's children.

    cai asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. Outdoor public spaces, including spaces for children of all ages, are important to the community. Project partners are currently working to develop initial options for how the community hub spaces could take shape, which will be shared with the community for additional feedback. Check back here for future engagement opportunities.

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    Will there be a gym like before

    Syska Daniel asked 11 months ago

    Yes, all community amenities currently on site will be renewed. In Winter 2022, we will work with the community to plan for how residents would like to use the future community hub spaces, including enhancements to existing amenities.

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    Any plans for extra rec activities (e.g. bowling, indoor rock-climbing) that are somewhat hard to come by in Vancouver? They'd be very much appreciated by at least one visitor.

    CthulWho asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback! In Winter 2022, we will work with the community to plan for how residents would like to use the future community hub spaces. Check back here for engagement opportunities.  

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    Can you build social housing for seniors on top of the community center? please.

    Moana57 asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback! We encourage you to get involved in ongoing engagement opportunities to share more detailed feedback and help co-create a vision and principles for the renewed community hub and space use needs for the site.

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    Is considering being given to building housing on the new development, similar to the housing built over the mount pleasant library and community centre?

    krm asked 12 months ago

    At this stage, we are working with the community to co-create a vision and principles for the renewed community hub. Starting in Winter 2022, we will work with the community to identify space use needs and site development potential, and explore opportunities for faster delivery of the public benefits. The community co-creation process may include options for housing similar to that at Mount Pleasant Community Centre, including Social Housing, for the community to consider.

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    Hello! First of all, I want to thank you for your efforts to build this project, and for the wonderful online session yesterday (September 21. 2021). It was inspiring to hear from Indigenous artists and to know that this vision embodies values like respect, representation and reconciliation. As a West End resident, I couldn't be more thrilled with this promising beginning! In light of all this, my question may seem a bit prosaic, but here it goes: regarding the future design/architecture of the site, will there be an open competition (whether local, regional, national or international) of architectural firms? Thanks again!

    Westenderita asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for participating! We are excited that this renewal process will be rooted in xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Knowledges. Yes, work related to the renewal process for goods and services over $75,000 and construction over $200,000 will go through the City of Vancouver’s formal bid process to ensure a transparent, fair and competitive procurement process for consultants. To learn more about the City’s procurement policies, click here.

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    I am wondering given the use of the West End Community Centre as an Emergency and Disaster muster point if Emergency Preparedness is being considered and how as part of this redevelopment?

    Ann Marie asked about 1 year ago

    Yes, the West End Community Centre is designated as a Disaster Support Hub. The West End Community Centre does and will continue to play a key role in the resiliency of the West End neighbourhood. The West End Community Centre Renewal will seek to build on the Centre’s existing capacity to provide disaster support services after earthquakes and other emergencies, including temporary lodging after apartment or house fires, cooling centres during heat waves, heating centres during extreme cold, air quality centres during smoke events, etc.

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    The City should be more transparent with the redevelopment of the WECC , VPL Joe Fortes ,King George School, with development dates & where these facilities be temporarily moved to !

    NUB4YOU asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question! During this phase, project partners are committed to co-creating a shared vision for the future of the West End Community Hub site with the community. The purpose of this phase of work, to end in Fall 2022, is to create a Renewal Plan. This plan will guide the future of the site’s buildings and outdoor spaces and will outline project phasing, including how services will be maintained throughout future redevelopment to ensure there is a continuity of service for West End residents. As part of this process, several development options with different phasing strategies and timelines for development will be brought back to community for feedback in Spring 2022.

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    What is the timeline for the King George Secondary rebuild/seismic upgrades?

    KF asked about 1 year ago

    As part of the current phase of work, several development options with different phasing strategies and timelines for development will be brought back to community for feedback in Spring 2022.

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