The City is planning to build a new multi-use community centre and child care facility in Scarborough’s Joyce Trimmer Park. The park will be upgraded with various outdoor amenities, including the addition of a skate park, multiple outdoor play spaces and a tree-lined promenade.

Project Timeline

  • May 2018 to December 2020: Design, approvals, and public presentation phase
  • January 2021 to June 2021: Tender and contract award phase
  • October 2021 to December 2024: Construction and handover phase

The timeline is subject to change.

North East Scarborough is one of the city’s most diverse communities, with an immigrant population of more than 50 per cent. In 2004, Council adopted the City of Toronto Recreation Facilities Report, which identified North East Scarborough as an area having unmet community needs with respect to parks and recreation facilities. It recommended that this area be a priority for a Community Centre project.

The Community Recreation and Child Care Centre will be located in Joyce Trimmer Park. The park will be revitalized and include features that will complement the overall design of the facility. Feedback from the community was heavily considered throughout the process and included needs surveys, environmental scans and multiple community consultation events.

The new North East Scarborough Community Recreation Centre is located within the Rouge Valley watershed and is surrounded by parks and natural areas, including Joyce Trimmer Park. The building’s design is inspired by this natural context. The Community Recreation Centre will include the following components:

  • Gymnasium to accommodate an indoor cricket and running track
  • Multi-purpose space, teaching kitchen, fitness/dance studios
  • 25-metre indoor lap pool and leisure pool with change rooms
  • Public/Administrative Support Space

The new Child Care Centre is designed as an inclusive play environment that maximizes opportunities for all children to engage with a naturally stimulating environment. The Child Care Centre will include the following components:

  • 5 playrooms (1 infant Playroom/Sleep Room, 2 Toddler, 2 Preschool)
  • Children support space
  • Administrative support space
  • 3 separate playgrounds that are designed to meet program requirements for infant, toddler, and preschool outdoor play

In response to the community’s desire for a more functional park and to reduce the building’s overall footprint, the Community Recreation and Child Care Centre is designed as a multi-level stacked facility. The design maximizes the overall park space, which includes a landscaped front plaza that can be animated for special events and a multi-functional parking area. This project will include the addition of the following components:

  • Garden with viewing deck
  • Tree-lined promenade
  • Tree shaded seating area
  • Linear skate park
  • Mini soccer field
  • Splash pad
  • Playground

May 2020

Detail Design

The design team completed the detailed design in May 2020. The design calls for a building footprint of approximately 84,000 square feet and includes the Community Recreation Centre and Child Care Centre. The new facility will be constructed in Joyce Trimmer Park, which will also be upgraded with the addition of a skate park. The plans are being reviewed by City Planning as part of the Site Plan Approval process and are subject to change.

Go to the Project Renderings section for the most up-to-date renderings of the project

November 21, 2019

Public Meeting

A public meeting was held at Alvin Curling Public School to present the schematic design. The concept design was developed based on needs surveys, environmental scans, community consultation events and feedback from the City’s Design Review Panel. Feedback from this meeting was collected and next steps were discussed.

The presentation deck and Summary Report for this meeting are not in an accessible format so cannot be posted publicly at this time. If you would like to view these files, please contact the Senior Project Coordinator.

September 19, 2019

Design Review Panel Meeting 2

The Project Team returned to the Design Review Panel with a redesign. In response to the feedback on May 30, 2019, the design strategy now focused on maintaining a functional park while achieving the programming needs for the community recreation centre. The Panel provided very positive feedback about the redesigned building.

May 30, 2019

Design Review Panel Meeting 1

An initial schematic design was presented to the City’s Design Review Panel. The design strategy was a traditional two-storey community centre model with a larger footprint that took more space from the existing park. The Panel voted for a redesign, recommended changes to the site layout, the orientation of the building, and landscaping.

June 18, 2018

Public Meeting

The Project Team discussed visioning and the project’s guiding principles of community building, placemaking and measuring success.

The presentation deck and Summary Report for this meeting is not in an accessible format so cannot be posted publicly at this time. If you would like to view these files, please contact the Senior Project Coordinator.

June 15, 2018

Community and Family Fun Day

A drop-in community event was organized in Joyce Trimmer Park to get feedback from the community on what programming they would like to see in the new facility.

December 2016 to March 2017

Demographic Survey

The Project Team conducted an environmental scan and demographic survey of the North East Scarborough Community. The results were used as recommendations for programming in preparation for the schematic design and future community consultations.

January 12, 2017

Public Meeting

The Project Team discussed the budget, design process and schedule, the community consultation process and needs survey. This was the first public meeting after hiring the project architect. The community was highly engaged and showed interest in the project.

The presentation deck and Summary Report for this meeting are not in an accessible format so cannot be posted publicly at this time. If you would like to view these files, please contact the Senior Project Coordinator.

June 27, 2016

Public Meeting

The Project Team presented an overview of the project and discussed recreation programming from the Community Recreation and Child Care Centre. Feedback from this meeting was collected and next steps were discussed.

The presentation deck and Summary Report for this meeting are not in an accessible format so cannot be posted publicly at this time. If you would like to view these files, please contact the Senior Project Coordinator.

A community meeting to present the current detail design is expected to take place between September and December 2020. Information will be shared here when the details are confirmed.

Project Renderings

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Here are the most up-to-date renderings of the new Community Recreation and Child Care Centre.