The City of Toronto is designing a new community centre to be located within the base of a mixed-use high rise development. A community centre need was identified as part of the Community Services and Facility Study for Lower Yonge and confirmed by the Facilities Master Plan. The Lower Yonge Precinct Study required the developer of 1-7 Yonge lands to provide an approximate 51,000 sq.ft. recreation facility.

Part of Lower Yonge precinct, Pinnacle One Yonge will include 5 towers (22-95 stories), the existing office building upgrade, 2860 residential units, office and retail space and a community centre. A future park is also proposed adjacent to the development. The community recreation centre will be implemented in the first phase of the proposed development.

The community centre will occupy a small lobby space on the ground floor of the phase one high rise condominium and the entirety of the second storey, with frontage on Freeland and Harbour Street. It has been designed as a neighbourhood landmark, including as its anchors a double gymnasium and a six-lane, 25-metre pool and 30 designated shared visitor parking spaces located at grade in close proximity to the community centre.

The high rise condominium was designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects. The developer Pinnacle International retained the consultant Perkins + Will for full consulting services through a competitive process for the One Yonge Street community centre project. The City, the developer, the consultant and the community worked in collaboration on the design of the community centre. Community insights, skills and knowledge informed, improved and verified the design.

Vision

To create a community recreational facility in a high-density urban neighbourhood embedded in the community;

  • Design/Contract Documentation: fourth quarter 2016 to fourth quarter 2018
  • Site Plan Approval:
    • full development submitted fourth quarter 2016
    • approval expected second quarter 2019
  • Building Permit: this will be phased:
    • First permit for development issued in second quarter 2018
  • Construction start:
    • Full building: second quarter 2018
    • Community Centre Fit-Up: fourth quarter 2020
  • Construction complete: fourth quarter 2021

Past Consultations

Two community consultations were facilitated by the consultant and City staff; one on May 3, 2017, and one on April 4, 2018

The consultation on May 3, 2017, provided information on preferred activities and spaces:

  • lap swimming
  • dancing
  • change areas
  • painting and crafts
  • digital media
  • kids meeting spaces
  • kitchen space

Pam McConnell made the opening remarks.

Public Art

The developer will be providing a public art installation on the project site. The prime consultant Perkins + Will has retained the services of Doublenaut to provide graphic design and wayfinding within the community centre space.