A new multi-use Community Recreation Centre (CRC) with an Aquatic Centre, Child Care Centre and a Toronto Public Library is coming to the Bayview Village community.

Project Timeline

  • 2013 to 2015: Community engagement
  • June 2018: Construction contract awarded
  • Summer 2018: Construction starts
  • Fall 2022: Construction complete
  • Winter 2022/Early 2023: CRC opens to the public

The timeline is subject to change.

Bessarion Community Recreation Centre (CRC) is situated within the footprint of the larger Concord Park Place multi-tower residential condominium redevelopment at 1001 Sheppard Ave. E. Concord Adex Investments Limited, through Section 37 and Section 42 agreements, conveyed the property immediately south of Bessarion TTC Station to the City of Toronto (Block 10, now known as 100 Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Lane). Concord Adex Investments Limited has contributed funds for the construction of the new CRC.

The name of the CRC will be determined at a later date following additional consultation.

Location and Floor Plan

The CRC is located at 1001 Sheppard Ave. E., adjacent to Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Park.

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An aerial view of the location site at 1001 Sheppard Avenue East which identifies the location of the new Community Recreation Centre, Ethennonnhawahstihnen Lane and Ethennonnhawahstihnen Park.

A rendering of the floor plan for the new Community Recreation Centre which includes parking on the lower-level, a Toronto Public Library branch and Aquatic Centre on the main floor, and gymnasium and recreation spaces on the third floor.

Main Level

The main level of the CRC will include:

  • A lobby area
  • 13,000 square foot Toronto Public Library branch
  • 27,000 square foot Aquatic Centre with:
    • 25 metre, 6 lane lap pool
    • Leisure pool with barrier-free ramp access and various water play features
    • Deck area with public viewing gallery within the pool enclosure

Second Level

The second level of the CRC will include:

  • 6,400 square foot Child Care Centre that can accommodate52 children with an interactive outdoor play area
  • Multi-purpose rooms

Third Level

The third level of the CRC will include:

  • 38,000 square foot recreation space with:
    • Multiple art rooms
    • A preschool room
    • A games rooms
    • A divisible community hall with a kitchen and several multi-purpose rooms of varying sizes
  • A gymnasium with a running/walking track and change rooms
  • A fitness studio
  • A weight room

There will be 196 parking spaces on the lower-level of the CRC which will be operated by Toronto Parking Authority.

August 2021

The contractor has completed 95% of the above grade structure and is advancing the exterior building glazing. Work is continuing to advance for the exterior building envelop with roofing and cladding underway. Mechanical and electrical rough in work to the garage has been underway for some time and continues now at all levels. The work done to date represents approximately 67% of their contract work completed.

A picture of the interior of the new Community Recreation Centre while under construction. The pictures shows large exposed concrete walls with metal beams forming a grid across the ceiling. The second level is on the right side and does not have walls/glass windows yet. Various construction equipment is seen throughout the space.

June 2021

The contractor continues with construction of the above grade structure, sequencing work at the south end of the building first, with work on the north end following a bit behind. The structure is largely completed. The contractor is currently working on the exterior building envelope with roofing and cladding underway. Mechanical and electrical rough in work has been underway for some time in the garage and continues now at all levels. The work done to date represents approximately 55% of their contract work completed.

March 2021

The contractor continues with the building structure, sequencing work at the south end of the building first with work on the north end following a bit behind.  The contractor currently has completed the roof structure to the south end of Level 3, and has commenced installing the Level 3 structural columns at the north end (Gymnasium).  Mechanical and electrical rough-in work has been underway for some time in the underground garage levels.  The work done to date represents approximately 49% of the construction contract work completed.

There has been some schedule slippage attributable to the impact of the COVID-19 construction industry shutdown and related reductions in labour efficiency and supply challenges. Substantial Performance of the contract is now expected in Q2 or Q3 2022, with completion expected by the beginning of Q4 2022 – ready for City staff to start occupying the building around that time. The centre is anticipated to be open to the public a few weeks following that (sometime during winter 2022/early 2023).  This schedule may be improved upon if everything goes as per schedule and will be revisited closer to substantial completion (Q2 or Q3 2022) when the project is further advanced.

September 2020

The contractor is nearing completion of the three-storey underground parking garage concrete structure, with construction more advanced at the south end of the building and the work at the north end following closely behind. The contractor has formed the Level 1 ground floor slab at the south end and is working to complete the P1 Level at the north end (basement mechanical rooms). This represents approximately 35% of the contract work completed.

There have been some schedule slippage attributable to the COVID-19 delay. The contractor’s most recent schedule indicates Substantial Performance of the contract is expected for the end of Q4 2021, and completion expected by the beginning of Q2 2022 – ready for City staff to start occupying the building around that time. The centre is anticipated to be open to the public a few weeks following that (sometime within Q2 2022).

December 3, 2019

The contractor continues with the construction of the P3 level basement garage concrete walls and columns, the P3 level basement garage concrete slab on grade and the P2 level basement garage suspended concrete floor slab, starting at the south and progressing northward. Installation of underground drains and buried ducts continues. The contractor is 22% complete the contract work by construction value. There has been some schedule slippage due to weather-related lost construction days.

September 23, 2019

The contractor continues with foundation footings, starter walls, and P3 level basement columns which were started at the south end and are progressing northward. Installation of underground drains has started.

 

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