The City is planning to build a new aquatic and multi-use community centre on the Davisville Junior Public School site, located in the Davisville Village neighbourhood, east of the intersection of Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue. The facility will include two indoor swimming pools and several multi-purpose rooms to serve various community needs.
The timeline is subject to change.
*Davisville Junior Public School is currently under construction. The construction of the aquatic facility will begin once the school is complete.
The new Davisville Community and Aquatic Centre (CAC) will be located on the Davisville Junior Public School site, near Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue. It will be a three-story building located beside the new public school, connected through an underground parking lot.
The new Centre’s community spaces will be available for permitting through the standard Parks and Recreation Facilities Booking process.
The Davisville CAC will share facilities with the new Davisville Junior Public School next door, through a partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). The school will have access to the aquatic facility’s swimming pools and the City will have access to the school’s double gymnasium and underground parking garage outside of school hours to support City recreation programming.
As a result of negotiations with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) led by the local Councillor, a plan to jointly redevelop Davisville Junior Public School with a City of Toronto recreation facility was proposed. The City of Toronto then undertook a recreation needs assessment which analyzed current and future demographic projections, confirming the community’s need for a new aquatics facility with space for City-operated sport and physical activity programming. In order to meet these recreation needs, in July 2016 the City entered into an agreement with the TDSB to:
Davisville Junior Public School is now under construction. The construction of the Davisville CAC will begin once school construction is complete.
An online survey was available from March 18, 2021, to April 5, 2021. The survey asked for feedback on the type of programing and features community members would like in the Davisville CAC’s community multi-purpose rooms, lane pool, leisure/tot pool, rooftop and lobby and for feedback on the proposed design principles.
The survey received 989 responses, which included participation from 1,598 individuals.
Download the survey results summary.
To ensure the centre is designed to be welcoming for local youth, the project team held an online youth workshop with 18 grade 11 and 12 students from Northern Secondary school on April 1, 2021. The interactive workshop lasted approximately one hour and was hosted online.
Download the engagement summary.
Additional local elementary and high schools were invited to participate in youth workshops as well, but classrooms were either unavailable over the month-long engagement window or did not respond to the invitation and reminders. Schools will be re-invited to take part during the next round of engagement.
This meeting provided a project overview, identified how the community could get involved and had staff answer questions.
Download the meeting presentation. A meeting summary will be posted when available.
Community Consultation Plan
There will be three phases of community consultation to inform the design of the new Davisville CAC that will take place from Spring 2021 to Summer 2021. These phases will include:
The consultation plan is subject to change
The Davisville CAC will be three stories tall to include the following recreation spaces:
The community will be able to influence:
As part of the broader community consultation process, a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) has been formed to provide detailed feedback to the project team throughout the design process. The SAC includes representatives from community groups and local organizations who represent the future users of the Davisville CAC. The SAC does not include for-profit businesses.
SAC members will participate in approximately 3 virtual meetings, one in each phase of the community consultation process, to help inform the development of the new Centre’s design.
The SAC application closed on April 5, 2021, and was promoted at the online public meeting, on the project webpage (which was promoted on social media and through neighbourhood postcards), and through emails directly to local resident associations and community organizations. Representatives from the following organizations applied to sit on the SAC and have been invited to join:
Organizations that were directly contacted, but did not apply include*:
*Note that these organizations will still receive direct email updates for all future engagement opportunities including public meetings and online surveys.
If you think there are additional organizations or community groups that would like to participate in this process and join the SAC, please email Alex.Lavasidis@toronto.ca and Suzanne.Cooke-Wooland@toronto.ca.
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