Posted Wed, 27 Nov 2013, 2:07pm
The 519 submitted a report to City Council 27 November 2013 which, if approved, marks the first official step in building a new sports and recreation centre for the City of Toronto, with a focus on LGBT communities. The facility will also provide much-needed recreation space for residents in the new West Don Lands community. The project is in response to the need for additional recreation facilities created by shifting demographics and increased density in the downtown area. The report requests authority for staff of the City of Toronto and The 519 to begin negotiations with Infrastructure Ontario on the Wheel and Foundry Complex near Underpass Park and Corktown Commons.
Interior of the Wheel and Foundry Building, Image by Craig White, courtesy UrbanToronto.ca.
“Sport and recreation is vitally important to the health and well-being of our communities," said Shawn Sheridan, Chair of OUTSPORT TORONTO. "The proposed community centre, with an emphasis on LGBT sport and recreation, will create safe and welcoming spaces for our community – one that is traditionally marginalised in sport – to get out and play. The new centre will also be invaluable in supporting the community-based amateur sport and recreation organisations that make it happen. I’m excited by the opportunities to strengthen LGBT sport and recreation that this project will offer!” Read more...