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Jack Purcell Community Centre

Visit the City News section or the COVID-19: Status of Recreation and Culture services webpage for up to date information on service resumption

Centrally located in downtown Ottawa, Jack Purcell Community Centre has an 18 metre warm water pool, which offers regular aquatic programming and specialized programs for individuals with special needs. The facility also has a fully accessible weight room, five meeting rooms of various sizes and access to an adjacent school gym.

Jack Purcell offers a variety of programs for seniors, persons with special needs, and swimmers. Through a partnership with the Jack Purcell Recreation Association, children's and adult programs are also available to the Centretown community. These programs include: an after school program, children's camps, an adult fitness program, and adult art, dance, yoga, and sports programs.

320 Jack Purcell Lane
Ottawa, ON K2P 2J5

Please contact the facility by phone or email for information on opening hours and washroom availability.

  • Free public Wi-Fi

The move to Shutdown status across the province will temporarily close City-managed recreation and cultural facilities for most indoor activities, limit the capacity at outdoor recreation amenities and suspend in-person City counter services. Shutdown comes into effect on Saturday, April 3 at 12:01 am.

The following recreation and cultural programs will temporarily suspend operations:

  • All reserved recreation activities – including indoor skating, swimming (public and lane swims), cardio-weight rooms, sports activities – team play and practices, select cultural programs that operated by reservation only, and indoor fitness classes

Details:

  • Select the button below to reserve your spot. Available sessions for the next two days will be displayed in green.
  • Reserve your space as of 6 pm for up to two days in advance.
  • Please show up no more than 15 minutes prior to your reservation.
  • Your spot is reserved up to 10 minutes after the start of the session.
  • You can reserve one session per day.
  • If you are unable to reserve a spot online, you can make a walk-in reservation on the day of, if there are spaces remaining. To avoid disappointment, we strongly encourage you to reserve your space online.
  • Payment can be made on-site.
  • You can book a maximum of:
    • 6 spaces at a time for public swims.
    • 2 spaces at a time for cardio and weight sessions, lane swims, older adult activities and sports drop-ins.

Helpful info:

Some changes are coming to our drop-in reservation process!

  • You will soon be able to view session times in the front desk booking system for a week in advance. This will provide you with the most accurate view of available sessions.
  • Sessions will continue to be available for booking 2 days in advance.
  • The full schedules in chart format will no longer be posted on ottawa.ca. If you are looking for a full schedule, please feel free to contact the facility of your choice and request a copy be sent to you via email.

We are continuing to make improvements to our booking system to ensure a positive experience for our clients, and can’t wait to share more exciting enhancements with you in the coming months. 

For rental availability and information, please call the facility.

To browse registered programs available City-wide, visit our online Recreation Guide PDFs.

To search registered programs available at this facility, please visit JOINOttawa.

Accessibility features

The accessibility features of this facility are detailed below. While the City of Ottawa is constantly working to improve access, please note that not all parts of every facility are necessarily 'accessible for all' as facilities were built to meet accessibility standards of their time.

Parking

  • 5 designated accessible parking spaces
  • Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance with access aisle
  • 10 metres from parking space to the door
  • Cut curb
  • Hazard indicator

Entrance/Exit

  • 1 accessible entrance
  • Wide door (with power door opener) for wheelchair passage
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator

Interior

  • Power door access to interior areas
  • Ramps
  • Accessible seating available
  • Wheelchair available for patrons
  • Reception desks
  • Accessible counters
  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair
  • Swipe access

Signage

  • Directional signs
  • Tactile signage
  • High contrast signage
  • Large lettering

Washrooms

  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Lowered drinking fountains
  • Large stalls to allow transfers

Elevator/Lift

  • Access to all floors
  • metres wide doorway
  • Located near main entrance
  • Visible and audible door indicators
  • Raised and Braille lettering

Telephone

  • Hearing aid compatible public phone (with volume control)
  • Phone equipped with a telecommunications device for the deaf (TT/TTY/TDD)

Stairs

  • Stairs with no-slip surface
  • Good colour contrast
  • Continuous hand rails

Pool

  • 92°F, 33°C temperature
  • Power door access
  • Water wheelchair available
  • Lift equipped (ceiling lift entry into the pool)
  • Colour contrast edging around the pool
  • Therapeutic (or warm water) pool
  • Accessible equipment for the pool
  • Grab bars in pool
  • Grab bars along walls on pool deck
  • Accessible seating area on pool deck

Pool Change Room

  • Power door access
  • Toilet/shower grab bars
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Lift equipped (portable lift available)
  • Roll-in shower access
  • Seat in the shower
  • Child change tables
  • Benches in the accessible change room stalls and/or adult change tables
  • Hand-held shower head
  • Grab bars in change rooms
  • Accessible Universal change rooms
  • Accessible equipment

Fitness Change Room

  • Barrier free stalls
  • Toilet/shower grab bars
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Lowered hand dryers
  • Roll-in shower access
  • Seat in the shower
  • Child change tables
  • Benches in the accessible change room stalls and/or adult change tables
  • Hand-held shower head

Learn more about Inclusive Recreation and accessible services.