Bessarion Community Centre
The Bessarion Community Centre is a multi-use community recreation centre which will also include a childcare facility and a Toronto Public Library branch. The facility will be served by a commercial underground parking garage which will be operated by the Toronto Parking Authority. The construction contract was awarded in June 2018 and is expected to take approximately three years to complete.
The Concord Park Place redevelopment currently under construction will add an estimated 4,000 residential units to the area. The recreational demands of this residential development will exceed the capacity of the existing facilities in the area, therefore new parkland and resources for a new community centre will be provided as part of the redevelopment.
The new Community Centre will feature
- Recreation: 38,000 square footwill include a double gymnasium and change rooms, indoor running/walking track, fitness studio, weight room, art rooms, preschool room, games room, divisible community hall with kitchen, and multi-purpose rooms of varying sizes.
- Aquatics: 27,000 square foot will include a 25m x 6 lane lap pool complete with barrier free ramp access, leisure pool with barrier free ramp access (complete with various water play features), and a deck area with a public viewing area within the pool enclosure (for leisure swim and tot lessons).
- Toronto Library Branch: 13,000 square foot neighbourhood branch.
- Child Care: 6,400 square foot child care centre for 52 children designed to meet the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, complete with outdoor play areas.
Underground Parking: 196 spaces, designed to Toronto Parking Authority design standards for commercial operation by the Toronto Parking Authority
The design for the community centre was developed by incorporating feedback from community members and stakeholders received at town hall meetings held in 2013 through 2015.
The Bessarion Community Centre is situated within the footprint of the larger Concord Park Place residential redevelopment (1001 Sheppard Avenue East). Concord Adex Investments Limited, through Section 37 and Section 42 agreements with the City, conveyed the property immediately south of the Bessarion TTC subway station to the City (Block 10, now known as 100 Woodsy Park Lane). The City is now developing this site as the Bessarion Community Centre. Concord Adex Investments Limited has also contributed funding to the City for some of the community centre cost.