Garnet A. Williams Community Centre Major Renovation Project

Garnet A. Williams Community Centre is now open! After being closed for extensive renovations, the community centre is reopening its doors!

Garnet A. Williams Community Centre is now open!

*Pool remains closed for renovations*

The centre includes:

  • a new main entrance

  • a new arena entrance

  • a new lobby 

  • a new customer service desk

  • new activity and program rooms

  • renovated pool change rooms and a new family change room

  • renovated fitness centre change rooms

  • a new outdoor splashpad at York Hill Park

  • enhanced accessibility features 

  • a refreshed pool

  • exterior pool patio *opening in 2024*


This renovation reinforces a culture of design excellence through functionality, accessibility, sustainable design, urban design, architectural design and citizen experience. The improved centre now further connects the community, all while enhancing and enriching the quality of life for those who live, play and retire in the surrounding neighbourhood.

Frequently Asked Questions


The Garnet A. Williams Community Centre partially reopened fall 2023! An official reopening event took place on Dec. 10, 2023.


Pay-as-you-go fitness class rates are available to non-members. In addition, adults and older adults can purchase a one-month, three-month or annual membership online at To purchase a student fitness membership, complete a Vaughan Fitness Student Membership Application and bring the form to the community centre for processing. Note: proof of Student ID is required and signed parental consent is mandatory for youth ages 13 to 17. For more details, visit



Information about summer camp registration is available at


Pre-registration and pre-payment are available one week in advance of the scheduled activity at Limited spots are available for walk-ins prior to the start of a recreational activity. A multi-visit plan is also available for purchase online. For more information, visit


The revitalized Garnet A. Williams Community Centre will include:

  • a new main entrance.
  • a new arena entrance.
  • a new lobby.
  • a new customer service desk.
  • new activity and program rooms.
  • a refreshed pool and exterior pool patio. *Coming soon*
  • renovated pool change rooms and a new family change room.
  • renovated fitness centre change rooms. *Coming soon*
  • a new outdoor splashpad at York Hill Park. *Coming soon*
  • enhanced accessibility features.

The Garnet A. Williams Community Centre is deeply rooted in the city of Vaughan’s history as its oldest multi-use community centre. Since 1984, the community centre has provided residents of Thornhill with quality leisure programs and activities. Aside from regular ongoing maintenance and repair work, the facility has not been significantly altered since it was expanded in 2005.


Through previous public engagements, the City reached out to facility users to see what types of facility and programming improvements would be desired – the public spoke and the City listened. Based on the feedback collected, as well as sustainability planning and a review of design best practices, the community centre was redeveloped with improved design, functionality and energy conservation. Extensive renovations began in May 2021.


Updates will be shared to this webpage.