One of Vancouver's oldest Community Centres, the Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre was founded in 1951 as part of a grassroots movement to provide indoor public recreation services while commemorating those Vancouverites lost in the Second World War. Located on the western portion of beautiful Connaught Park (5.99 hectares) at Larch Street and West 12th Avenue, Kitsilano Community Centre also offers a full size indoor ice rink open from October to May for public skating and lessons. Serving a diverse ethnic neighbourhood comprised of all ages, this facility provides general recreation programs including group fitness classes, youth lounge, senior's lounge, special needs youth program and a fall-to-spring educational preschool. The fully equipped fitness centre with sauna, whirlpool and personal training programs, is one of the city's most popular and opens 365 days a year. Outdoors offers a large playground adjacent to the centre. Recent additions include an expanded fitness centre and a newly installed sprung, hardwood dance floor and multi-purpose room.
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is a friendly neighbourhood place. People of all ages and cultures come together to enjoy programs and services that make the Westside a healthy, safe and vibrant community in which to live and do business. Kits House is a non-profit registered charitable organization providing services on the Westside of Vancouver from Granville Street to UBC, from Musqueam to Cornwall Street.