The City is proceeding with improvements to Scarborough Gardens Arena as part of a state-of-good-repair project to address the existing roof structure.

  • 2021: Hire a consultant and preliminary schematic design
  • 2022: Develop schematic and detailed design
  • Spring 2023: Hire a construction team
  • Summer 2023: Construction starts
  • Fall 2024: Construction complete, facility reopens

The timeline is subject to change.

December 2022

The detailed design for the arena improvements is progressing in advance of construction procurement, which is anticipated to start in early 2023.

June 7, 2022

Virtual Public Meeting

The City hosted a meeting share information about the improvements coming to the facility. Approximately 18 community members were in attendance.

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December 23, 2021

The City has procured design services for the roof structure and additional potential improvements as part of the overall state-of-good-repair work.

The design phase is progressing and includes a roof structure replacement, state-of-good-repair improvements and accessibility and energy upgrades.

December 21, 2020

After the need for structural repairs or replacement of the arena roof was identified in early 2020, Scarborough Gardens Arena was closed to the public.

A temporary shoring scaffolding system was installed at this location so that an engineering consultant could assess the roof structure’s condition and recommend options for repair or replacement.  The shoring remains in place to ensure the roof structure does not collapse and cause significant damage to the facility.

After a thorough review of the engineering consultant’s report and detailed costing of the various options, we have determined that a repair of the existing roof structure does not provide good value for investment as it will not significantly extend the structure’s lifespan.

For this reason, the City will proceed with the procurement of design services and construction tendering for replacement of the entire roof structure and roof cover.

The arena will remain closed for the duration of this work.

Direct communication with Scarborough Gardens Arena user groups will occur in early 2021 and an ice relocation plan will be developed to provide alternative locations for permit and city-run programming.

April 2020

A temporary reinforcement of roof structure was installed to further assess the roof structure’s condition and recommend options for repair or replacement.

Scarborough Gardens Arena is located near Birchmount Road and Hollis Avenue in Scarborough. It houses an indoor ice rink, mechanical and electrical rooms, change rooms, and office spaces.

The roof and building structure has reached the end of its lifespan and requires a full replacement. The improvements to the arena include:

  • Upgrades to community spaces i.e. lobby, multi-purpose room
  • Upgrades to the refrigeration system
  • A new rink slab and associated dasher boards
  • Upgrades to the public washrooms and changing rooms
  • Upgrades to the buildings mechanical and electrical system in order to  meet the City’s mandate to reduce  greenhouse gas emissions
  • Accessibility improvements throughout the facility

The arena will remain closed during construction.