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February 23, 2009
City Council approves legacy projects for Toronto 2015 Pan American/ParaPan Games Bid
Toronto City Council today overwhelmingly approved an investment of $49.5 million to create an infrastructure legacy for Torontonians of new and revitalized athletic facilities and enhanced facilities and services for priority neighbourhoods.

The $49.5 million City investment would leverage $198 million from the provincial and federal governments to complete the necessary work at six city-owned Games athletic sites.

The City will contribute $37.5 million towards a $170.5 million aquatics facility and field house at the University of Toronto at Scarborough College, with significant financial support from the federal and provincial governments and the University of Toronto. These facilities will be used for the Games and, over the long term, will be shared by Canadian Sport Institute for Ontario, the community through the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto, Scarborough College. The site is near three east-end priority neighbourhoods, and could add a link to rapid transit that could be accelerated to be completed in time for the Games, benefitting not only the Games, but also university students and area residents. The new aquatics facility is consistent with the City’s long-term pools strategy and objectives for investments that benefit priority neighbourhoods.

"Toronto's commitment to the Games bid is consistent with the goals of the City's Agenda for Prosperity," said Mayor David Miller. "Bringing a major international event to the Toronto region will boost our economy, enhance our global profile and help the City improve services in priority neighbourhoods sooner so everyone can benefit and prosper.

"We have seized the opportunity to leverage City funding in securing substantial federal and provincial infrastructure dollars that could produce jobs and accelerate key city-building goals through the expansion of Transit City in Scarborough. We will support the pursuit of prosperity so every Torontonian can prosper."

The City investment in the other five venues would be:
● $6 million for a retrofit of swimming facilities at the Etobicoke Olympium
● $500,000 for Centennial Park for track resurfacing and development of a jumping and throwing area
● $300,000 for Birchmount Park for development of a new jumping and throwing area
● $1.2 million for Nathan Phillips Square to use the venue as a festival celebration site, and
● $4 million for road resurfacing for 20 km of road to be used for cycling.

"The Pan American and ParaPan Games give us the opportunity to rebuild sports infrastructure in a significant and responsible way by revitalizing existing facilities," Mayor Miller said.

Toronto is competing against Lima, Peru and Bogota Columbia to host the Games. The bid for the Toronto Games is led by the province through BIDCO, and involves 16 municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. BIDCO released a list of site venues on February 18, including non-City owned Toronto sites available at: Non-City owned sites will play key roles in the event plan including: Rogers Centre for baseball and the opening and closing ceremonies; the Air Canada Centre for basketball; Ontario Place for open water swimming; and Exhibition Place for cycling.

Council also approved the City signing a Host City Agreement with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Pan American Sports Association (PASO) that provides the formal commitment to accept the award of the Games, and to host and deliver them in line with PASO statutes and regulations. PASO is expected to announce the host city in autumn 2009.

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 numerous 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: Don Wanagas, Office of Mayor David Miller, 416-338-7134,



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