BACKGROUND & ACTION REQUIRED
This neighbourhood is growing so rapidly with booming populations of seniors, children and new Canadians, but it does not have the relevant infrastructure that is accessible, affordable community programs for our families and residents of all ages. Since 2011 Josh Matlow along with local residents have had a vision to create a fully accessible community center to include swimming pools, gyms and meeting rooms with intergenerational needs in mind. A demographic study proved them right. In 2016 Josh was able to secure municipal funding for this space and make an agreement with the TDSB to have a portion of some of their public property on the Davisville School site for this community center (initially the TDSB wanted to sell a portion of land to a developer for an apartment building)
This 30,000 sq ft fully accessible building will be located east of the intersection of Yonge and Davisville adjacent to the Davisville School. This is a very exciting, creative project and will involve the sharing of swimming pools, gyms, a playground and underground parking . It will include a net-zero energy building design, gender neutral family change rooms, traditional change rooms, leisure/tot pool, community multi-use spaces and a green roof.
The City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division take the lead in this project and a design team has been hired. We urge every member of the Oriole Park Community to answer an on line survey at Toronto.ca/Davisville CAC to provide much needed input to the design team. The survey closes April 5, 2021.