The Jack Purcell Community Centre operates a weight room that is open to the public, and available and accessible to individuals with mobility impairments. The weight room includes a Universal Station, a Basic Power Trainer (a seated cycle using arms and legs), an Equalizer 1005 (a barrier-free 5-station workout unit), treadmills, a Lifecycle, a Stairmaster, a Scifit machine, duplex pulleys, a vertical leg press, a Smith Machine, York bars and plates, and dumbbells ranging from 3 to 75 pounds.
The hours of operation are:
Monday to Friday: 6:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
A session is available for new members, designed to review the centre’s policies, procedures and equipment use. It’s strongly recommended for new members.
St. Luke’s Park at 166 Frank Street, off Gladstone and Elgin, is owned, operated and maintained by the City of Ottawa through the community centre. This small greenspace is open to the families, youth and children of Centretown for leisure activities, where children and youth can enjoy the wading pool in the summer or just sit and enjoy the outdoors.
The Jack Purcell Park, located behind the community centre on the south side of the walkway, opposite the school play ground, is owned, operated and maintained by the City of Ottawa. The park provides a small greenspace in the heart of downtown Ottawa for the residents of Centretown to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
In 2002, the Jack Purcell Recreation Association donated $7,500, with matching funds donated by the City of Ottawa, to create an enchanting community garden. The garden was made possible by a $10,000 donation from Levinson/Viner, who selected the Jack Purcell Community Centre, to receive the donation in memory of Ron Kolbus, a city councillor. The garden was designed, so that the citizens, especially the children, of Centretown could volunteer to work in it or just relax and enjoy the outdoors. Come and visit our garden. The space is available for rentals. For more information, call 613-564-1051.
The neighbourhood outdoor skating rink is located in Jack Purcell Park behind the community centre just off Elgin Street. A change area and outdoor lighting are provided to make this a comfortable outdoor winter activity for local Centretown residents. The outdoor rink season opens in late December and runs until February (weather permitting). For information on other rinks in your area, please call the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590.
Jack Purcell Pool is unique in that the water temperature is maintained at 92˚F or 33˚C. It is accessible to individuals with mobility impairments. The pool has an electric transfer lift and graduating stairs, with arm support to enter the pool. It also has a full-length metal handrail and a full-length rope on the opposite side.
The pool can be booked for special events such as birthday parties after our regular hours of operation. For more information on rental please call 613-564-1028.
Two lighted tennis courts, located at the corner of Frank and Cartier Streets, are available for public use until October 15th. There is also a tennis court, located in Jack Purcell Park, behind the Jack Purcell Community Centre off Frank Street at Metcalfe.