New City of Toronto partnership with the Ontario Science Centre for Canoe Landing Community Centre

TORONTO – Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) announced today that the City has partnered with the Ontario Science Centre to create an indoor playground at the brand new Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre in CityPlace, currently under construction.

Under the new partnership, the Science Centre will design and fabricate the indoor play structure inside Canoe Landing Community Centre, and will be the second indoor play space operated by the City, the first being Playground Paradise at the Flemingdon Community Centre. While many Torontonians will know the Ontario Science Centre as a destination for school trips and weekend outings, their work in designing educational play experiences is less well known. For the past 30 years, the Ontario Science Centre has been consulting, and designing and building experiences, for science centres, children’s museums and other institutions around the world.

"For too long, our downtown neighbourhoods have not had access to the services and facilities we all need to make our neighbourhoods liveable," said Councillor Cressy. "Our partnership with the Science Centre, as part of the new public amenities on the way in CityPlace, will create space in Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre for children and families that is engaging, dynamic and accessible for everyone in the neighbourhood."

Canoe Landing Community Centre is currently under construction to serve the 15,000 residents of the CityPlace neighbourhood, a master-planned high-density vertical community west of Rogers Centre and south of the Metrolinx rail corridor. The Community Centre is being built as a fully integrated part of a public complex that includes a 52-space City of Toronto childcare facility and two elementary schools, operated by the TDSB and TCDSB. The schools and City will coordinate shared use of three gymnasia, and the outdoor play areas for the schools will be open to the public after school hours and in the summer, functioning as an expansion of Canoe Landing Park next door. In addition to traditional recreation amenities and the Ontario Science Centre-designed indoor play space, Canoe Landing will also feature an active outdoor green roof with a basketball court, running track and urban allotment gardens.

Canoe Landing Community Centre

 

Councillor Cressy also secured an additional $5.4 million of local development benefits funds to expand the budget for the community centre to build a flexible event and market space. In response to needs expressed by residents, the flexible event and market space will provide a year-round, weather-protected home for a farmer's market that can spill out onto an outdoor plaza in the warm months. It is also an opportunity for a creative non-profit organization to deliver even more community services in CityPlace.

"We're so excited to bring our expertise in design and fabrication to this new space for the youngest members of this community and their caregivers" said Heather Farnworth, Director, International Sales at the Ontario Science Centre. "Our team is already inspired and we are looking forward to imagining and building a new and innovative indoor play space as part of Canoe Landing Park."

Construction for the entire public complex is on schedule for the schools to open for the fall of 2019.

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Media contact:

Lia Brewer, Office of Councillor Cressy: 416-392-4044, lia.brewer@toronto.ca