Canoe Landing Update – July 2019
It is clear to see, when walking by Canoe Landing Park, that the new multi-purpose community facility next door is now into the final stages of construction. When open, it will have two elementary schools, a child care centre operated by St. Stephen's Community House, and a new City of Toronto Community Recreation Centre.
Labour stoppages have complicated the construction timeline, and the City has been working closely with the general contractor and partners to carry on with as much work as possible. Plumbing trades recently returned to work on the site but the workers who install sheet metal, air conditioning, siding, and ductwork are currently on strike. Other activities including painting, landscaping, and installation of drywall, flooring, and windows are ongoing.
September 2019 School Year Plans
The two school boards are preparing back-up plans to ensure that each school community is together from the very beginning of the year, no matter the location. Students registered to attend Jean Lumb Public School will be bussed to Nelson Mandela Park Public School, and Bishop Macdonell Catholic Elementary School students will be bussed to St. Mary Catholic School until the Canoe Landing facility is ready for occupancy. In both cases, we have been advised that the schools will operate as distinct schools within their temporary homes, with the new principals and teachers who have been hired.
The before-and-after-school childcare program that is planned to operate in the Canoe Landing facility will continue to be available to families even if the schools are temporarily relocated. Details will be shared with families nearer to the start of the school year.
Community Recreation Centre and Childcare – Opening Timelines
At this time, there is no change to the projected timeline for completing and opening the Community Recreation Centre and the Childcare Centre that will share facility with the two schools, because these areas of the building have always been expected to open shortly after the schools. Provided that the labour stoppages are resolved soon, the Community Recreation Centre will have a "soft opening" allowing public access to the building before the end of 2019, and then most regular programming will start in January. Similarly, the Childcare Facility will be ready by the end of this year, and the operator (St Stephen's Community House) will communicate the opening date to registered families.
The general contractor expects to provide an updated construction timeline during the week of July 8, 2019, and I will share that with the community once the details are confirmed.
Community Recreation Centre – Programming Consultations
City of Toronto staff will be hosting several consultation opportunities in CityPlace where you can learn more about plans for the Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre and provide your input on what programming is provided. Dates and locations are being finalized now, so please watch my website, email newsletter, and www.toronto.ca/canoelanding to learn more.
Canoe Landing Park – New Playground
New playground equipment for children will be installed in Canoe Landing Park beside the existing splash pad this fall. These improvements are in addition to the brand new school play areas that will open alongside the schools later this year. See my website post for more details: http://www.joecressy.com/canoe_landing_park_improvements.