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History of Marpole-Oakridge Community Association

History of Marpole-Oakridge 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. For more info go to


Upcoming Activities


Monthly Movie Night

Fridays 6:00-8:00pm $3/person
Hang out with friends for a fun-filled evening of activities and watch a different movie every month! Pizza and drinks provided.

All Ages
The Lego Movie: Oct 24
Frozen: Nov 21
Rise of the Guardians: Dec 19


Halloween Howlers 1-6 yrs

Come dressed in the Halloween spirit! This fun-filled morning will include creepy crafts, boo-tiful face painting, spooktacular games, cookie decorating and entertainment. Parent participation is required. Please register by Oct 22.
15601.401MO $5/child
Oct 25 Sa 11:00am-12:30pm


Youth Activities Get your friends and sign up now!

Girls Club
Make arts and crafts, cook, develop leadership skills, get active, and go on fun outings. The group will decide on the trips like indoor rock climbing or movies.
11-14 yrs Youth Worker
35903.404MO $24/8 sess
Oct 8-Nov 26 W 6:00pm-8:00pm

Join us for some extreme dodgeball action. No experience necessary. You will learn fast, or else face DIRE CONSEQUENCES (just kidding, it’s fun!) No session Oct 13.
10-16 yrs
33201.401MO $18/9 sess
Sep 29-Dec 1 M 5:00pm-6:00pm

Ball Hockey
Drop in and bring a friend to enjoy recreational ball hockey with other youth. All skill levels welcome. Sticks and balls will be provided.
13-18 yrs MO Volunteer Instructor
33801.401MO $20/10 sess; Drop-in $2.50
Sep 26-Nov 28 F 6:00pm-7:00pm

Upcoming October Progams---Sign up Now!


Christmas Gift Making: Soap, Lotion & Aromatherapy 18+ yrs
You will make your own and take home at the end of the workshop: 4 bars of soap, 1 large jar of lotion and 1 glass bottle of aromatherapy spray.
42011.401MO $49/1 sess Oct 25 Sa 12:30pm-3:30pm


Exercising Control Over Arthritis 18+ yrs
Staying physically active is key to managing arthritis to maintain joint mobility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular health. This presentation talks about the benefits of exercise and some of the options to keep moving. The Arthritis Society
44962.401MO FREE Oct 23 Th 7:30pm-9:00pm


Belly Dance 16+ yrs
Develop your core strength with low impact movements while learning the ancient art of belly dance. Learn fun moves to help you get in shape!
INstructor: Sylvie Royer
41630.401MO $48/8 sess; Drop-in $9 Oct 16-Dec 4 Th 11:30am-12:30pm

Fall Program Registration

Marpole-Oakridge Fall Recreation Guide

Recreation Programs at Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre

Register now for programs starting in September & October

Learn more about how to register.

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By Phone: 604-257-8180,  Press 2
You may register yourself and up to two other people in each course. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

In Person
You may register yourself and up to two other people in each course. Cash, debit, cheque, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.


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.

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Marpole-Oakridge Community Association

Community Envolvement

Marpole-Oakridge Community Association is inviting people who value their community to be a part of a strong, dynamic team of volunteers.

If interested, please contact MOCA at:

A great interactive way to make a contribution to MOCA’s commitment to

“offer accessible and diverse leisure opportunities to enhance the well-being of individuals and strengthen a sense of community in a safe and welcoming environment.”


Fall 2014 President's Message

After the leisure of summer, September is always the time to reconnect to those recreational programs that you love or recommit to new ones that broaden your interests or help you to achieve a better level of fitness.

Your community centre Board and staff have put together a large selection of programs in the areas of: recreation sports, wellness, and performing arts. Visit our friendly staff, browse our brochure, or visit us online at to see what is on offer. If you have any suggestions for new programs do not hesitate to pass along your ideas to the front counter staff. read the rest

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!



Marpole-Oakridge Preschool

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

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!

We support children's individual learning as well as encourage collaborative learning through sharing ideas and working together.
We are looking forward to working with your child and you, the guardians, as a team!

Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre 990 West 59th Ave at Oak Street Vancouver



990 West 59th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6P 1X9 Phone: 604-257-8180 Fax: 604-257-8179
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