The City is planning to build a new aquatic and multi-use community centre on the Davisville Junior Public and Spectrum Alternative Senior 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.

Project Timeline

  • Fall 2020 to Winter 2021: Hire a design team
  • Spring 2021 to Fall 2021: Community design consultations
    • Phase 1: Confirm program and design principles
    • Phase 2: Building concept design development
    • Phase 3: Design confirmation
  • Fall 2021 to Summer 2022: Detailed building design
  • Fall 2022 to Fall 2024: Construction*

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.

Location

The new Davisville Community and Aquatic Centre (CAC) will be located on the Davisville Junior Public and Spectrum Alternative Senior 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.

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The new Davisville Community and Aquatic Centre (CAC) will be located on the Davisville Junior Public and Spectrum Alternative Senior School site, near Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue.
An aerial map of the facility’s location.

Features

The new three-storey Davisville CAC will be accessible, and target net-zero energy building design, and is planned to include:

  • A 6-lane, 25-metre lane pool
  • A leisure/tot pool
  • Community, multi-use space
  • An active roof
  • WIFI access throughout
  • Gender neutral washrooms and change rooms

The new Centre’s community spaces will be available for permitting through the standard Parks and Recreation Facilities Booking process.

Gender Neutral Change Rooms

These change rooms are open to people of any gender, gender identity and/or gender expression to use at the same time. People remain clothed in all shared spaces, changing takes place in private cubicles and people shower with their swimsuits on.

To support privacy and inclusivity, gender neutral change rooms include:

  • private changing cubicles of different sizes for family and individual use
  • lockers (locks may not be provided)
  • shared shower area where swimsuits must be worn
  • enclosed and accessible (AODA) shower and washroom spaces

This inclusive approach to change room space has become an industry standard and has been successfully implemented in new and revitalized community recreation centres across the city.

Gender neutral change rooms provide:

  • Improved safety, where
    • children and their caregivers can use the same space and children do not have to use a change room by themselves
    • transgender and non-binary patrons are not required to use gender-specific change rooms
    • staff of any gender can respond quickly and without hesitation when entering a change room to provide first aid
    • Better sightlines from the pool deck into the change room for staff to enhance patron safety
  • Improved privacy, as patrons are able to change in a privacy cubicle rather than an open area
  • Improved service, as staff can clean facilities with less disruption to programs by closing only one side of the change room at a time
  • Greater flexibility in delivering and transitioning different types of programs. For example: gender-specific programs can be offered at the same time as gender non-specific programs

Facility Sharing

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.

Background

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:

  • Lease land from the TDSB to build an aquatic community recreation centre that will be owned and operated by the City of Toronto.
  • Invest in the redevelopment of the Davisville Junior Public School to gain shared use of space to the school’s new gymnasium, ancillary spaces, and underground garage.

Davisville Junior Public School is now under construction. The construction of the Davisville CAC will begin once school construction is complete.

While we aim to provide fully accessible content, there is no text alternative available for some of the content on this site. If you require alternate formats or need assistance understanding our maps, drawings, or any other content, please contact Suzanne Cooke-Wooland at 647-637-4115 or Suzanne.Cooke-Wooland@toronto.ca.

July 2021

Youth Engagement

To ensure the centre is designed to be welcoming for local youth, the project team held online youth workshops with two local grade 5 classrooms (Davisville Senior Public School and Maurice Cody Junior Public School) and one local grade 11 Architectural Design classroom (Northern Secondary School). Each interactive virtual workshop lasted approximately 30- 60 minutes.

Download the engagement summary.

June 25 to July 25, 2021

Online Survey

A draft design for the new Centre was developed based on community feedback collected in the spring. The online survey was available from June 25 to July 25, allowing community members to explore the draft design and provide feedback.

Videos explaining the draft design are available, with auto-generated translated subtitles:

Download the survey results summary.

June 2021

Phase 2 of Public Consultation Begins

The goal of this phase of engagement is to present and get community feedback on a draft Centre design.

June 15, 2021

Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting 2

The purpose of the second Davisville Community and Aquatic Centre Stakeholder Advisory Committee was to test-run the public presentation for this phase of engagement, which will later be recorded to accompany the online survey; present and gather feedback on the draft design for the new Davisville Community and Aquatic Centre; answer questions of clarification; and, share next steps.

Download the meeting summary.

April 21, 2021

Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting 1

The purpose of the first Davisville Community and Aquatic Centre Stakeholder Advisory Committee was to welcome and introduce SAC members and the project team; review and confirm the Terms of Reference; share, discuss, and confirm Program Goals and Design Principles; answer questions of clarification; and, to share next steps.

Download the meeting summary and final terms of reference.

April 5, 2021

Online Survey

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.

Youth Engagement

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.

March 24, 2021

Online Public Meeting

This meeting provided a project overview, identified how the community could get involved and had staff answer questions.

Download the

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:

  • Phase 1: Confirm program and design principles
  • Phase 2: Building concept design development
  • Phase 3: Design confirmation

The consultation plan is subject to change

The Davisville CAC will be three stories tall to include the following recreation spaces:

  • A 25-metre lane pool (minimum of six lanes) and a leisure/tot pool
  • Gender-neutral washrooms and change rooms
    • These can become gender-specific if required for programming, such as women-only swim times
  • Community multi-purpose rooms
    • These will be flexible and transformable spaces that can serve different users and purposes throughout the day.
  • Limited office space for staff and storage areas

The community will be able to influence:

  • Community multi-purpose room(s) features and uses
  • Lane pool features and uses
  • Leisure/tot pool features and uses
  • Rooftop features and uses
  • Lobby features and uses

Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC)

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. Members of the SAC include:

  • Artbarn School (A local art-based charity)
  • Davisville Jr Public School Parent Council
  • Davisville Jr PS & Spectrum Alternative Staff Representative
  • Davisville Muslim Community Member
  • Deer Park Residents Group (This member is also a community champion for accessible pool facilities)
  • Geneva Centre for Autism
  • Indian Community & Spectrum Alt. family member
  • Midtown Hub
  • North York Aquatic Club
  • Oriole Park Resident Association
  • South Asian Muslim Community Member
  • South Eglinton Ratepayers and Residents Association (SERRA)
  • The Apple Tree Group (A local food-based non-profit)
  • 77 Davisville Residents

Organizations that were directly contacted, but did not apply include*:

  • Avenue Road–Eglinton Community Association
  • Spectrum Alternative Parent Council
  • Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations (FONTRA)
  • Forest Hill Homeowner’s Association
  • Leaside Property Owners’ Association
  • Moore Park Residents’ Association
  • Oriole Park Association
  • Republic Residents’ Association
  • Sprint Seniors
  • Toronto Community Housing – George Barker Manor and Janet Magee Manor (Senior’s Residences)

*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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