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

  • 2013 to 2015: Community engagement
  • June 2018: Construction contract awarded
  • Summer 2018: Construction starts
  • Summer/Fall 2021: Engagement with Indigenous partners to name CRC
  • February 2022: CRC officially named Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Community Recreation Centre and Library
  • Fall 2022: Construction complete
  • Early 2023: CRC opens to the public

The timeline is subject to change.

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November 2022

Online Youth Survey

From October 17 to November 3, 2022, an online survey was available that asked young people (ages 13 to 29) what types of activities and programs they would like at the new community recreation centre.

October 2022

Virtual Public Meeting

On October 19, 2022, a public meeting took place to explore activity and program opportunities and collect ideas for the new community recreation centre.

Construction

Construction is progressing. Exterior landscaping and main canopy is advancing. Interior spaces are being completed including tiling of the pool, flooring, millwork, painting, doors and hardware, and fixtures  The acoustic ceiling, running track guardrail cladding and painting in the main gymnasium are complete and the space is ready for hardwood floor installation.

A photograph of the main gymnasium during construction, which shows partially installed basketball nets and an unfinished floor. The gymnasium is surrounded by glass walls which extend to the second floor running/walking track, which surrounds the gymnasium.

A photograph of the main entrance lobby during construction which shows a bright four storey space that includes a main feature staircase, main entrance to the library and reception desk for the aquatic facility. The linear wood ceiling is shown as being mostly installed, and addresses the acoustics for the space to minimize sound reverberation.

September 2022

Public Meeting

On September 28, 2022, a meeting took place at Parkway Forest Community Centre. The project team explored a variety of activity and program ideas and opportunities for the new Community Recreation Centre with participants.

Online Survey

From September 9 to 23, 2022, community feedback and ideas for activities and programs were collected in an online survey and idea rating activity. More than 300 people participated in the survey, providing 269 ideas and over 6,800 idea ratings.

A summary of the survey results will be posted on this page as soon as it’s available.

August 2022

Construction of the building envelope, mechanical and electrical systems has significantly progressed. Additional site and landscape work is advancing, including terrazzo tiling and work to the gymnasium floor. The swimming pool shells are fully tiled and exterior right of way work will start in early September. The contractor anticipates substantial construction completion by winter 2022.

April 2022

Work on the project continues to progress with the zinc cladding panels and glazing 70 per cent complete.  The main entrance structure is 90 per cent complete allowing the necessary preparation for the sidewalk work. The pool shell is being water tested and prepared in advance of tiling, which will take at least three months. The wood ceiling in the pool and all the ceiling framing for the gymnasium, library and multipurpose rooms is complete and 73 per cent of the terrazzo floor in the public circulation area has been installed.

Painting continues throughout the building and parking structure. The gymnasium ceiling panels are on-site and will take around one month to install, following the floor installation. The mechanical and electrical work is over 85 per cent complete. The work done to date represents approximately 78 per cent of the contract work completed.

A photograph of the exterior of the new Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Community Recreation Centre & Library (CRC) taken during construction. The photo shows one side of the new CRC, with all windows and a majority of the exterior wall panelling installed. The exterior building is dark grey and construction materials, vehicles and equipment surround the area.

February 2022

Community Recreation Centre Officially Named

The Community Recreation Centre is officially named Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Community Recreation Centre and Library at North York Community Council on February 23, 2022. Visit the About the Project section for more information about the site background and rationale for the new name.

August 2021

The contractor has completed 95 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent 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.

 

Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Community Recreation Centre and Library 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 facility.

Significance of the Site and Rationale for the Name

The new community recreation centre, street, and adjacent area are located within 800 metres of a significant Huron-Wendat archaeological site, the Moatfield Ossuary and village (1280 CE to 1320 CE).

An important and unique finding at this site was the presence of many people who lived in good health, with few injuries and past the age of 50.

Recognizing the significance of the site, in 2019, the City of Toronto Indigenous Affairs Office reached out to the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Huron-Wendat Nation to understand how the City could commemorate the site and foster dialogue between current residents and Indigenous communities.

Ultimately, the Wendat name, Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ (meaning “where they had a good, beautiful life”) was suggested by the Huron-Wendat Nation to rename nearby Woodsy Park (located at 80 McMahon Drive) and Woodsy Park Lane.

In a separate process, the Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board approved the name “Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Branch” for the new onsite TPL branch on January 24, 2022, based on advice from the TPL Naming Committee and the TPL Indigenous Advisory Council, which endorsed the name, with the understanding that Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ was the preferred name of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

Indigenous placemaking and reconciliation does not end with a name. The City of Toronto is committed to working with Indigenous communities to explore future opportunities for Indigenous placemaking, placekeeping and programming.

Additional information about the decision to name Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Community Recreation Centre is available in the North York Community Council background report.

Location and Floor Plan

Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Community Recreation Centre is located at 100 Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Lane, 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 Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ 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.

Project Renderings