Review the most recent survey results for this project in the Project Updates section.

The City is planning to build a new two-storey multi-use community centre at the Newtonbrook Plaza Redevelopment site at Yonge Street and Cummer Avenue.

Project Timeline

  • April to September 2021: Community engagement
  • Late 2020: Site plan approvals
  • Late 2020 to 2021: Design
  • 2022: Construction begins
  • 2026: Construction complete

The timeline is subject to change.

Location

The new 46,000 sq. ft. Newtonbrook Community Recreation Centre will be located within the base of the Newtonbrook Plaza Redevelopment, M2M community, at Yonge Street and Cummer Avenue in North York. The new community centre will be a two-storey facility accessed from a new street (Olympic Garden Drive), east of Yonge Street and across from a proposed new public park. The community recreation centre will be owned and operated by the City of Toronto and will be open to the public.

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An aerial location map showing the location for the new Newtonbrook Community Recreation Centre, shown in red. The community centre will be located just south of Cummer Avenue and can be accessed from Yonge Street or a new residential street names Olympic Garden Drive. The development site is outlined in red and includes a park, shown in green, which is across from the community centre on Olympic Garden Drive.

Features

The new two-storey community centre will be accessible and is planned to include:

  • A 12,300 square foot gymnasium
  • A 15,500 square foot multi-purpose space
  • A community kitchen
  • Community multi-use space
  • Common area multi-purpose space
  • Free public WiFi
  • Gender-neutral washrooms and change rooms
  • Storage and staff office space

The community spaces will be available to book through the Parks and Recreation Facilities Booking process.

Background

As part of the 20-year Facility Master Plan (FMP), City staff are responding to the growing needs of the existing residents in the Newtonbrook community by providing a new community centre. The community centre will offer recreation services to a community that will be experiencing significant growth as a result of new residential developments in the area.

June 2021

Online Survey

Feedback on the features and programming for the new community centre was collected in an online survey from May 19 to June 6, 2021. The survey received a total of 207 responses, which included feedback from 398 individuals.

  • 68% of respondents expressed interest in drop-in sports for the new two-level gymnasium and running track
  • 58% of respondents expressed interest in art classes for the flexible multi-purpose room
  • 73% of respondents expressed interest in yoga/meditation programs for the flexible fitness and dance studio
  • 91% of respondents expressed interest in cooking workshops for the community kitchen
  • 86% of respondents expressed interest in a bottle filling station/drinking foundation and comfortable seating for the lounge/common areas

Download the full survey summary report for more information.

May 19, 2021

Virtual Public Meeting

Approximately 100 people joined a virtual public meeting to learn more about the project, preview the latest design concepts and share their thoughts on the design plans. The feedback received at this meeting will help to inform the new facility’s design and programming.

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April 2021

Detail Design

The design team is working on the schematic design for the new facility. The plans will be presented at the virtual public meeting in May and will be reviewed by City Planning as part of the Site Plan Approval process.

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