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November 9, 2007
City breaks ground for new recreation centre in Ward 35
The City of Toronto broke ground today to start work on the Ward 35 community recreation centre, at the northeast corner of Warden Ave. and St. Clair Ave. E. When completed, the centre will provide Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation programming and gymnasium activities to the surrounding newly planned community.

“This new community centre will enhance the social and physical development of our children, youth, adults and seniors in this growing neighbourhood,” said Mayor David Miller at today’s groundbreaking. “Once involved with community centre activities, residents are much more inclined to stay involved with their community - to contribute, to volunteer and to have a positive impact on their community.”

With a projected size of 25,000 square feet, the centre will feature a single gymnasium with a spectators’ viewing area, storage rooms and changerooms. The multi-purpose community space includes activity/meeting rooms and a pre-school section. There will also be dance, fitness and aerobics rooms, and a weight room. The centre is scheduled to open in 2010.

“While Toronto’s community centres mean something different to everyone, the common thread they share is the important role that recreation services plays in community building and enhancing quality of life for all Torontonians,” said Brenda Librecz, General Manager, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

In addition to being responsible for the stewardship of 7,390 hectares of green space and 1,473 named parks, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and abilities. The City strives to ensure all Torontonians enjoy active, healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure and recreation programs, services and facilities, provided in partnership with the community.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:

Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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