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May 5, 2008
City opens renovated Sorauren Park Fieldhouse
  
The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Wabash Building Society, today opened the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse in the Parkdale community. Mayor David Miller, Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park), Brenda Librecz, General Manager of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, with Doug Bennet, president of the Wabash Building Society, joined with members of the community for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“The opening of the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse shows what partnerships in the community can do to reclaim and reuse a public space,” said Mayor Miller. “The ongoing Wabash Building Society and community fundraising efforts, the community’s initiative in obtaining a grant from the Evergreen Foundation, and in-kind donations from local businesses and community members is all part of building this truly great city.”

The 2,000-square foot fieldhouse is situated on the southern edge of Sorauren Park in the former Linseed Oil Mills Ltd. building, an industrial plant where seed oil was machine-produced for national and international markets in 1901. The Wabash Avenue site was acquired by the City in 1998 in order to expand Sorauren Park and to develop the structure located at 50 Wabash Ave.

The fieldhouse will provide programming space for community groups and offer storage space during the sports season. Washrooms facilities will be provided for community use. The fieldhouse is a welcome addition to Sorauren Park, which is already a community hub offering soccer, baseball, cricket and tennis facilities, with space for dog walkers, kite flyers and joggers, as well as a host of community events. The park is also home to the Holly Jones Memorial Garden and the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Resident Association president’s tree.

“The retrofitting of the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse is a wonderful example of the City and the local community working together to fulfill a community objective,” said Brenda Librecz. “This facility will certainly be a focal point for the neighbourhood by increasing opportunities for residents to be engaged in their community through sports and physical activity.”

In 2006, the Wabash Building Society and the City of Toronto were awarded the prestigious Brownie Award from the Canadian Urban Institute for the work undertaken by volunteers to restore the Sorauren brownfield site to community use. The Sorauren Park Fieldhouse is located at 50 Wabash Ave., situated in one of the City’s 1,473 named parks operated by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

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:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726, pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca


 

 

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