The City is engaging residents and stakeholders on a recommended approach for planning new recreation facilities along the Don Mills corridor.

Project Goals:

  • plan facilities that will best serve a growing, diverse community;
  • meet current facility standards and programming best practices;
  • assess the feasibility of previously planned facilities; and,
  • efficient and effective service delivery of community recreation programming.

The Don Mills corridor and the communities along it (Don Mills-Lawrence, Don Mills-Wynford, Don Mills-Flemingdon it have and continue to experience change and growth. As such, there is the need to consider how best to plan for new recreation facilities to serve this area. The new facility(s) must serve residents of all ages and abilities, accommodate a wide mix of programs and services and have large gathering spaces to support communities year-round.

New community recreation facilities should be designed to be welcoming, safe, bright and inclusive spaces that support the evolving needs of residents.

The City is recommending a large, integrated facility that would be located within the Wynford Green development (former Celestica Lands) north west of Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road. The City is also seeking feedback on an Alternate Proposal. Both scenarios are outlined below.

The City has also recognized the need to revitalize the Denis Timbrell CRC and improve its use and function. This will be part of the larger City-wide Facilities Master Plan Implementation process which will be reported out to Council in the Summer of 2019.

The Preferred Integrated Facility: Pool/Gym/Multi-Purpose Space/Double Arena/Multi-Sports Pad

The preferred facility proposes a large 125,000 square foot community complex that would offer a seamless user experience by providing a wide range of year-round amenities, programs and services in a single location. This facility would be located nearest to the future growth planned for the Don Mills corridor and would be easily accessed by public transit along the planned Eglinton LRT line and the Don Mills bus routes. The facility would also be located in close to the community with the largest current population, Flemingdon Park, which is also a Neighbourhood Improvement Area.

The integrated facility would be one of the largest facilities across the City providing 125,000 square feet of space that would offer a seamless experience for users of all ages. The proposed facility would feature a twin ice pad that can convert to multi-use indoor sports for year-round use, a double-gym with a walking track, multi-purpose rooms and amenity space, and an aquatic facility that includes a 6-lane pool, leisure pool and water play feature. It would be adjacent to a park offering the opportunity for users to enjoy both indoor and outdoor recreation experiences.

This proposal will allow for a wider mix of drop-in and registered programs. It provides an opportunity for four seasonal use, and will enable users to stay and play.

The Alternate Proposal: Two Sites

In the Alternate proposal, a 27,000 square foot community recreation facility would be built at the north west corner of Don Mills Road and The Donway West (966 Don Mills Road) southeast of the existing Don Mills Civitan Arena Building near the Shops at Don Mills, and a second community recreation facility of 100,000 square feet, would be built at the Wynford Green site (Celestica Lands).

The 27,000 square foot community recreation facility at the Shops at Don Mills location would include a gym with walking track, multi-purpose rooms and amenity space. The location offers more convenient access to the Don Mills and Lawrence community but is further away from the estimated future growth in Don Mills, as well as the Wynford and Flemingdon communities. The smaller facility size limits the amount and variety of programs that can be offered, and limits the ability to respond to future recreation demand.

The 100,000 square foot community recreation facility at the Wynford Green location would include a twin ice pad arena, an aquatic facility with a 6-lane pool and leisure pool, a multi-purpose room and amenity space. It would not include a gym with walking track. The lack of gym space and additional multi-purpose rooms will restrict the ability to provide active and sport programming. It also limits the type and variety of programs at the site (such as camps and sports).

The Don Mills Community Recreation Planning Project is currently in the public engagement phase. Engagement is expected to continue until late Spring 2019. City staff will report to Council with a report. Once a preferred facility option is selected and approved by Council, the City will move forward on recreation facility design targeted for 2020 and once the sites are provided construction can advance. The design process will allow for additional community engagement for residents in all communities across the Don Mills corridor.

Public engagement plays an essential role in planning community recreation in the Don Mills corridor for the future.

A variety of engagement activities, including pop-up consultation events and a public open house will provide diverse opportunities for people to give their input. Feedback from the community and stakeholders, as well as a study of community recreation needs, demographics, area growth and City policies and reports will be used to inform City staff’s report to Council on a recommended recreation plan for the Don Mills Corridor.

Pop-Up Consultation Events

City of Toronto staff will be holding the following a pop-up consultations:

Playground Paradise, Flemingdon Community Centre located at 150 Grenoble Drive, Toronto on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Real Canadian Superstore at 825 Don Mills Road on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon

Don Mills Public Library at 888 Lawrence Avenue East on Saturday, April 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunny Foodmart at 747 Don Mills Road on Saturday, April 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Stay tuned to this web page for updates on how you can get involved!

Resources:

Recreate Don Mills Poster Boards

Recreate Don Mills Presentation