The City, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) are collaborating to build a multi-use community facility next to Canoe Landing Park.This new facility will include a community centre, a community space, a child care centre and both a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and a Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) elementary school. With its design focused on being at the centre of the community, these additions to the neighbourhood will become a destination for children, youth and seniors alike, benefiting this community for years to come.
The program for the City community centre includes a double gymnasium with a mezzanine running track, change rooms, multi-purpose rooms, studio fitness/ dance rooms, an indoor playroom, meeting rooms, a pre-school room, a teaching kitchen, lobby, reception, an administrative area and ancillary spaces. The roof of the community centre includes a basketball court, a walking track, a lounge area, and a garden area.
The west end of the community centre is directly connected to a large dedicated community space which opens up onto an outdoor plaza. The community space is a large open double volume space with an upper mezzanine level and is intended for community use.
An enclosed pedestrian bridge connects the community centre to the schools and child care centre. The City child care centre program includes one infant playroom and sleep room, one toddler playroom, two pre-school rooms, ancillary spaces and dedicated outdoor play space.
This hub project was designed by ZAS Architects Inc. Sub-consultants include WSP Engineering and The Planning Partnership Landscape Architects. Colliers Project Leaders is providing project management services. The architecture of this multi-use facility has both an organic and poetic quality. The building mass appears to emerge from the earth’s crust; it’s green roof sculpted with a scarp/dip topography, mimicking the contours of the adjoining Canoe Landing Park. The design capitalizes on spatial efficiencies and effectively creates synergies between stakeholders.
The Canoe Landing hub project is currently in the construction phase. Construction commenced July 2017 and completion is expected in January 2020 for the schools and in spring 2020 for the community centre and child care centre.
Public consultation was a key element of the project design process. Three public consultations facilitated by the City, solicited design input from the public. Public suggestions such as the request for a large indoor play space, a dedicated spinning room and a large dedicated separate community space were incorporated into the final community centre design.
Public art is also an integral component of City owned projects. An open competition for a public art installation was facilitated by the City. Georgia Dickie (artist) was the successful proponent. Georgia has designed a number of sculptures which will be installed within the outdoor play area on site.