The City is planning a new community recreation centre at the south-east corner of Sorauren Park, adaptively re-using the existing former Canadian Linseed Oil Mills Ltd. building (1910).

Project Timeline

  • December 2019: Architect was hired through an RFP (request for proposal) process
  • Summer 2020 to late 2020: Public consultation to confirm vision and design principles
  • Winter 2020 – 2021: Public consultation to review and refine design options
  • Spring 2021: Public consultation to inform further development of the building design
  • Summer 2021: Public consultation to share and confirm the final design
  • Fall 2021 to Spring 2022: Preparation of construction/contract drawings
  • Summer 2022 to Winter 2022: Procurement of construction services
  • Spring 2023 to Spring 2026: Anticipated construction

Timelines are subject to change.

The design of the new Wabash Community Recreation Centre will build on 20 years of planning and consultation work by both City staff and the local community, which has played a strong role in driving this project forward.

The City first identified the Wabash site in a 1999 report as one of five historically under-served areas. The site, including the former Canadian Linseed Oil Mill factory, was purchased by the City in 2000 in order to develop a community recreation centre.

Thanks to the advocacy and fundraising by Friends of Sorauren Park and the local community, several improvements were made to the site, including renovations to the Field House in 2008, and the construction of the Town Square in 2014.

The City’s new 20 year Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan again identified the community recreation centre project as a priority for the City, this time specifying that it should include:

  • an indoor pool
  • a gymnasium, and
  • flexible multi-purpose program spaces

The site of the new Wabash Community Recreation Centre, which includes the current Old Linseed Oil Factory, Town Square, and Fieldhouse.

The site of the future Wabash Community Recreation Centre is bordered by Sorauren Park to the west and north, Wabash Avenue to the south and the CPR Railway corridor to the east. It is 6,734 square metres in size (outlined in red in the preceding image).

Over the past 20 years, a number of background and technical reports by third-party consultants were completed to inform the development of the new Wabash Community Recreation Centre. Given changes that have occurred to the neighbourhood and to City policies over time, these reports will be used to inform the new design where findings are still valid and applicable.

Full background and technical reports are not available in an accessible format and are therefore not posted to the project website. Instead, an executive summary of each report is available, with a reformatted and accessible copy of each executive summary also available.

To request a copy of any full report, please contact Doug Giles, Senior Project Coordinator, at 416-392-0989 or Doug.Giles@toronto.ca.

October 2020

Online Survey

The City conducted a survey to gather feedback from the community to help inform the design of the new Wabash Community Recreation Centre. The survey closed on October 5, 2020. A summary of the survey responses will be posted when it is available.

September 28, 2020

Virtual Small Group Discussions

Virtual small group meetings, similar to in-person round-table discussions, took place on September 28, 2020, between 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Participants were able to select a 45-minute time slot to share their thoughts and hear from others.

The discussion summaries will be posted when they are available.

September 22, 2020

Virtual Townhall

A virtual townhall took place on September 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Download the presentation slides.

A recording of the presentation will be posted when it becomes available.

September 2020

A New Round of Public Consultation Begins

This round of public consultation will:

  • Confirm vision, design principles, and “Big Moves” (key goals) for the design. These were drafted based on feedback collected at the July 2018 public meeting and previous technical reports.
  • Collect additional feedback to inform the creation of 2-3 high-level design options for the new community recreation centre.

Winter 2019

Consultant Team Hired

Through a proposal call process, the City has hired the award-winning architectural firm of Diamond & Schmitt Architects Incorporated as prime consultant, along with their team of sub-consultants (Engineers, Heritage Architect, Landscape Architect and Public Engagement consultants), to begin the design process.

July 10, 2018

Public Meeting and Workshop

City staff hosted a public meeting to introduce the project to the community and to hear initial ideas on potential facility programs/features the community might like to see for the recreation centre. Feedback from this meeting helped to inform the scope of work and hiring of the project’s Consultant Team.

Download a summary of the meeting.

An important part of the planning process includes obtaining feedback from the community to ensure that diverse voices are heard and all ideas and recommendations are considered. The City is working with Swerhun Inc. – consultation and engagement specialists – to ensure that community members and stakeholders are involved in the Wabash Community Recreation Centre planning process.

Engagement for this project will look different than in the past. As we follow guidelines around COVID-19, we will be hosting online meetings, and collecting feedback through online surveys, by telephone, and through the mail.

Check out the Project Progress section to read about past engagement opportunities. New opportunities will be posted here when they are available.

Community Resource Group

The City has formed a Community Resource Group (CRG) with representatives from various local community organizations to serve as an advisory body that acts as a sounding board to the project team at key decision points during the consultation process. The CRG meets multiple times throughout the design process.

The application process for the CRG is now closed. If you have any questions about the CRG process, please contact Khly Lamparero, engagement team from Swerhun Inc. at klamparero@swerhun.com or call 416-642-6605.

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