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Spring & Summer 2017 Recreation Programs!

Choose from a wide variety of activities for all ages including piano lessons, fitness classes, general interest courses, sports and instruction in the arts.

Check out our Interactive Recreation Guide

To make registration easy we have created interactive links for each program.
Click on the course name to register. Download Interactive Recreation Guide here.


Registration for Programs begin on

Spring Break Camps


Spring Break Camp

Join us for action filled days. Children will participate in physical, social and educational activities including: games, sports, theatre, crafts and out-trips. Consent and Waiver forms must be completed by or on the first day.
Click here to print and complete waivers and consent forms
6-12 yrs Camp Leader

Week 2: Out trips: Vancouver Aquarium, Swimming
88018 REGISTER HERE $142/6 sess Mar 20-Mar 24 M-F 9:00am-4:00pm

Red Cross Babysitting Course

So you want to be a babysitter? Or, your parents want you to take this course so they feel confident leaving you at home alone? Babysitting with First Aid Hero emphasizes learning through real life scenarios. Information covered includes: Exploring the business of babysitting, creating safe environments, safely caring for ages 0-12, and first aid skills. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a lunch, drink, snack and medium sized stuffed animal.
11-15 yrs First Aid Hero

93868 REGISTER HERE $63/1 sess Mar 25 Sa 8:45am-3:45pm


Spring Break LEADership Camp

Got what it takes to become a youth leader? Learn how to become a role model while going out and exploring all the fun recreational activities Vancouver has to offer! Examples of activities include (but are not limited to) out trips, crafts, sports, cooking, workshops and volunteering that are tailored to youth leadership. Bring your friends and a sense of adventure! Don't wait, register now! A Consent and Waiver Forms Package must be completed and returned before the start of camp.

Click here to print and complete waivers and consent forms
11-14 yrs Camp Leader

Week 2: Out trip: Ice Skating & Bowling
85408 REGISTER HERE $100/5 sess Mar 20-Mar 24 M-F 9:00am-3:00pm


Moskillz Youth Talent Show

Moskillz Youth Talent Show

Sign up at the front desk and hand in your forms by April 12.

April 28, 5-8pm



Adult & Seniors Programs


You are invited to join our Seniors’ Socials!

No need to RSVP, just join us in the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre Social Room at our weekly times:

Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm
Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm

We look forward to seeing you there!
To learn more about our seniors’ programs, email us at Become a
MOCA Board member
The Marpole-Oakridge
Community Association (MOCA)
works in partnership with the Vancouver
Board of Parks and Recreation to provide
services and programs at the Marpole-
Oakridge Community Centre (MOCC).
MOCA Board members are all volunteers.
If you would like to become a member of
the MOCA Board, email us at:



Workshops Happening in March

Memory and Aging
This workshop explains how memory functions and how it changes as we age. We give tips for maintain and improving memory, and information about when to seek professional help.
COSCO Free/1 sess Mar 16 Th 10:00am-12:00pm

Why Can’t I Sleep?
This workshop explains how memory functions and how it changes as we age. Learn tips for maintain and improving memory, and information about when to seek professional help.
COSCO 85834 Free/1 sess Mar 17 F 10:30am-12:00pm

VPL Tech Café
Practice your basic skills for computer, email and Internet searches. Find e-books and online newspapers with help from library staff. Drop in any time during café hours.
VPL Mar 29 W 2:30pm-3:30pm

Tips, Tricks & Tools to Manage Your Joints
You may have arthritis, but it doesn't have YOU! While arthritis can make daily activities challenging and painful, this interactive workshop will provide information about the many tools, gadgets and techniques to help make daily tasks easier Registration required.
Arthritis Society 85845 Free/1 sess Mar 29 W 6:30pm-8:30pm


Community Information



Join the Grow Your Own Food Course!

Comes with your own instructional plot at the Farmers on 57th market garden, 57th & Cambie.

We walk you through each step of the growing season with 12 in-garden instructional sessions.

Every second Thursday, 6:30pm-8pm. Starts March 30th!

Visit for more information and to register online.



Marpole-Oakridge Preschool---Spaces available

Marpole Preschool 604-257-8180 is recognized in the Early Childcare Education field as a leader and now has limited spots available for parents with 4 year olds who want their child to experience play-based learning in a safe, caring environment.

Our waitlist for 2017-2018 enrollment is now available to the parents of children who will be three or four years of age as of December 31, 2017.

Marpole Preschool provides a play-based program that implements emergent curriculum inspired by Reggio Emilia preschools in Italy. We develop our curriculum by observing what and how children play and by listening closely to their voices. Based on observations, we provide an experience or materials that guides children to further explore their interests and what they want to discover. We then make further observation and provide further experiences, and this cycle goes on to support children's learning.

We believe children are competent, resourceful, creative, and curious! Learn more about our Childcare Services.

Marpole held the first ever Town Hall Meeting


The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Department held its first ever Town Hall Meeting at the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre. This meeting was entitled: Park Board Community Dialogue:

Serving Our Seniors. This meeting was attended by approximately 70 people, who were broken up into individual tables of 5 persons. There were three questions to consider and you could choose 2 questions and attend those tables. There was a facilitator at each table to guide the process.

A City official made a presentation on the demographics and population make up of Seniors in Vancouver, which was very interesting.

This was a pilot project to see if this format is functional and well received. It appears by all accounts a useful way to get information and consultation from the different Communities.

Watch for more Town Hall Meetings in 2017.


History and Future of Marpole-Oakridge Community Association
and Community Centre

History and Future of
Community Association and
Community Centre

Few people understand the history of our community centres or the
effort it took to establish them

In the beginning, it was the community associations who started the movement. Along the way, they enlisted the help of the Park Board. So began the partnership between community associations and Park Board.

Seventy years ago, “the seed and initial push came from a handful of local community-minded people who, in 1944, conceived of the idea that became the spark that ignited the community center movement for all of Greater Vancouver.”

And that movement started right here in Marpole.

Here is the history of the Marpole-Oakridge Community Association (MOCA) and the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre (MOCC) that the association got built. It is the story of all Vancouver community centres and an important part of Vancouver history:
  • A 1957 report on the community centre which includes floor plans.
  • A 1950 narrative of the origins and early history of the community centre.

If we want to sustain and enhance this facility to serve the needs of our growing population, MOCA and MOCC need your input and assistance.

Subscribe to our mailing list to be informed about new programs, events and developments such as facility renewal.


Latest update on renewal and location of Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre.

Vancouver Park Board approves existing site for new Marpole-Oakridge community centre

The Vancouver Park Board is moving forward on renewing the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre at its current location in Oak Park.

The Board approved the community centre renewal motion at a Board meeting released on June 14, 2016. ... more info

MOCC Literacy Program

The COMMUNITY CENTRE invites patrons to assist in a new LITERACY initiative by dropping off books for young readers and adults to enjoy.

The new bookcase provides FREE books to readers who will be encouraged to TAKE ONE, GIVE ONE.

Please drop off your book donations to the front office. Thank you.

Marpole-Oakridge E-News

Receive the Marpole-Oakridge Community Association newsletter to be informed about new programs, events and developments.

You'll always be in touch with WHAT'S NEW at Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre! You will always have the freedom to be removed from the mailing list.

It's easy and it's FREE. Just sign up, and our E-Newsletter will be delivered to your inbox seasonally, or whenever we have exciting news to pass along to you. Click here for details.

Marpole-Oakridge Community Association

How you can participate in the growth of your community centre!

MOCA meets every third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm. All members are welcome to attend these meetings to learn more, provide feedback and suggestions, and participate in how your Community Centre is operated!If you believe an engaged community is a healthy community and that a community centre is the heart of the community, consider joining a committee or becoming a member of the MOCA Board of Directors.

Email us your expression of interest.

All community members are welcome to apply. The Board is currently in need of individuals with financial, legal and organizational skill sets.

Spring & Summer 2017 President's Message

First off I would like welcome in springtime and hope we have nice weather to usher in the summer months. It has been a tough winter!

We at the Board level are disappointed to have learned the consultation process that we expected has been delayed. Apparently the City Manager has decided that the issue of where the community Centre will be located is still undecided. This was very disappointing as we had an announcement from the Park Board regarding their unanimous vote to recommend that the Community Centre should stay right where it is. We have a meeting scheduled with the City Manager at the end of February to discuss this issue. We will certainly announce the essence of this meeting.

The Vancouver Park Board is in the process of establishing a new Joint Operating Agreement. This JOA is the operating document by which we run our Community Center in conjunction with Park Board. The Park Board is hoping this document will be in place by Spring 2017. Consultation is ongoing.

As I reported earlier the financial performance of the Community Center has been largely on par with last year which was a solid year for MOCA. The Association is committed to returning a percentage of any net income back to the Community in the form of new equipment for the building and other needs.

Planning has begun for the Marpole Community Day Festival, Saturday, June 3, and for our free Music Nights in Oak Park. The Committee is planning on this year’s events being the best ever! If you are interested in being involved please let us know.
We are fortunate to have two new Board members join our Association Board. We look forward to having new voices at the table.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or inquire about volunteering.

Thank you.

Mike Burdick,
Marpole-Oakridge Community Association

The Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre is jointly operated by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and volunteer members of the Marpole-Oakridge Community Association.

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Suggestions? Feedback? Comments? Email MOCA at:

Get involved! We are looking for new Volunteer Board Members. See Board Member Job Description (PDF 43kb)

View our Virtual Facility Tour!


View our facility spaces through our Tour Gallery.
Click here to take the tour!

The Centre is a two story building with an elevator. It is wheelchair accessible with a 31 stall parking lot, including two handicapped spaces. On-street parking is also available.

This building has a full-size gymnasium for sports events and a variety of rooms, accommodating from 30-150 people.

Use Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre for your monthly or annual general meetings, parties, receptions, training sessions, seminars, special events or occasions, dances, recitals, sport events and tournaments!





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