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Winter Recreation Programs---Interactive Recreation Guide Online

Winter 2017 Recreation Programs!

The Recreation Guide for Winter is online. 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 New 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.

Free Workshops for January 2017---Please pre-register

When Can I Retire? 19+ yrs

This seminar is designed to offer a foundational knowledge of important investment strategies for retirement and address common questions that investors have about their own retirement plans. Registration required.
Jan 17  Tu         6:00pm-8:30pm Free REGISTER HERE 85822
Edward Jones Investments

Exercising Control over Arthritis 19+yrs
Motion is lotion! It may be cheeky but it’s true – staying physically active is a vital part of managing arthritis and the maintenance of joint mobility, muscle strength and cardiovascular health. Join us for this presentation where you will learn about the benefits of staying active, and some options to keep you moving! Registration required.
Feb 8    W         6:30pm-8:30pm Free REGISTER HERE 85816
Arthritis Society

Earthquake Preparedness – Seniors 50+yrs
Living in Vancouver, we could be faced with an earthquake – yet few of us take the steps to ensure we are prepared. This presentation covers what is required to develop your emergency plan, how to conduct a “Home Hazard” hunt and what to do when an earthquake strikes.
Feb 10  F          10:30am-12:00pm Free REGISTER HERE 91337

Compass Card Q & A 19+yrs
Compass is the re-loadable fare card that works everywhere on transit in Metro Vancouver. Chris Chan from TransLink will cover topics on TransLink’s services, the Compass Card, Security and Safety, and Interactive Tools Online and on Mobile. A chance to win a Compass Card! Please register by Feb 10.
Feb 17  F          10:30am-12:00pm Free REGISTER HERE 85798

Preschool & Children's Programs

Jump Gymnastics FUNdamentals I & II
Jump classes will focus on a structured introduction to fundamental movement skills in a fun, challenging, non-competitive environment. Each class will include a warm up, games, circuit activities and a goodbye circle. All programs are delivered by highly trained Jump Gymnastics Coaches. Parent participation required.
Jump Gymnastics I 2-3 yrs
Jan 10-Feb 28   Tu         11:15am-12:00pm $72/8 sess        REGISTER HERE 93296
Jump Gymnastics II 3-5 yrs
Jan 10-Feb 28   Tu         12:00pm-12:45pm $72/8 sess        REGISTER HERE 93301

Introduction to Baby Sign Language 0-18 mths
These playful parent and tot classes will teach beginner sign language to boost communication before and after your little one can speak. We’ll cover signing basics as we learn new songs and rhymes to help lessen the frustrations that can happen during daily activities with babies like eating, playing, bathing, etc.
Free Trial Class
Jan 11              W         10:30am-11:00am   REGISTER HERE 93920

Jan 18-Feb 8     W         10:30am-11:15am $48/4 sess  REGISTER HERE 93242
Signing Babies Vancouver

Crafting Creations
Join artist Jane Lu and create interesting works of art using a variety of materials – fabric, paper, paint, charcoal, pencil – to create crafts, ornaments and keepsakes, suitable for mounting, framing or gifts. Register for all five (not available online) and save $10.

6-9 yrs  Jan 10-Mar 7     Tu         3:30pm-4:45pm   REGISTER HERE $20/per sess
Jan 10  Felt Crafts: Winter Birds Inspired
Jan 24  Create Watercolour: Polar Bear Inspired
Feb 7    Snowy Owl Paper Craft
Feb 21  Felt Crafts: Busy Bees and Bugs
Mar 7    Printmaking Fun: Cherry Blossom Tree
10-13 yrs  Jan 10-Mar 7     Tu         4:45pm-6:00pm   REGISTER HERE $20/per sess
Jan 10  Felt Crafts: Winter Birds Inspired
Jan 24  Create Watercolour: Polar Bear Inspired
Feb 7    Snowy Owl Paper Craft
Feb 21  Winter Forestscape Painting
Mar 7    Cherry Blossom Tree

Adult & Seniors Programs


Foot Care 50+ yrs
Do you suffer from pain due to nail fungus, calluses, corns and/or warts? Register now for your own private Foot Care session with Sole Provider Advance Foot Care. Her services are conveniently covered by Extended Health plans, as well as Veteran’s Affairs.
Jan 9-Mar 6       M         11:00am-3:15pm Tyffany Tubajon

Beginner’s Spanish 19+ yrs
Bienvenidos! This course will emphasize communication, proper phonetics, vocabulary, some basic grammar and writing. Fee includes textbook. Please bring a notebook and a pen. No session Feb 13.
Jan 9-Mar 20     M         12:30pm-2:00pm $142.86/10 sess   REGISTER HERE 93241 Rohana Filippi


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.


Seniors Social Drop In

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
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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:

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

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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

Community Envolvement

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.

Winter 2017 President's Message

We at the Board level are excited to announce that we will see a consultation process happening soon regarding the renewal of our existing physical facility. This is a very important step for us as it is the precursor to hopefully a new building. We will certainly announce this when it happens.

The 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 Centre in conjunction with the City and Park Board. We are hoping this document will be signed and in place by the spring of 2017.

The financial performance of the Community Centre 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.

We had a successful summer season. The Festival was a big hit and we would like to thank our many sponsors for their commitment. The Staff worked extra hard to make this all happen and we were blessed by great weather. We also had two Music in the Park events, one in July and one in August. This was a first for us but the events were well received and we hope to do it again in 2017. In November, we held our Annual General Meeting. All members in good standing were invited to attend to see what the association has completed during the last year, and to vote for a new Board. The new Board members are listed below. Please feel free to approach any Board member to inquire about helping out, or to make a suggestion. We can always use new ideas, faces and skill sets.

Once again I can report that we are blessed with a great staff. They all work very hard to get the business of the Community Centre done in a timely and professional manner. We are very lucky!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you.

Thank you.

Mike Burdick,

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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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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