Cricket is popular in Toronto and is one of the fastest-growing sports across the region. City staff are in the process of developing a Cricket Strategy to better meet this growing demand.

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  • 2020: Background review, Cricket Needs Assessment, public and stakeholder engagement
  • 2021: Cricket Reference Group established, ongoing meetings start
  • Winter to Spring 2024: Cricket Reference Group reviews Cricket Strategy Goals and Actions
  • Winter to Spring 2024: Cricket Strategy shared online for stakeholder review
  • Late 2024: Cricket Strategy integrated into the Facilities Master Plan five year review

The timeline is subject to change.

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January 2024

Cricket Reference Group Meeting 9

On January 16, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Cricket Reference Group met virtually to hear an overview presentation of and discuss the draft Cricket Strategy goals and actions.

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October 2023

Cricket Reference Group Meeting 8

On October 24, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Cricket Reference Group met virtually to review and approve the Terms of Reference, hear updates and provide comments on field maintenance and classification, learn to play programming, the Permit Allocation Policy, and the Facilities Master Plan five year review and Cricket Strategy Update.

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August 2022

Cricket Reference Group Meeting 7

On August 11, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Cricket Reference Group held their first in-person meeting at the L’Amoreaux cricket field and practice pitches. Participants discussed field and amenity design, maintenance, and general cricket suggestions for improving cricket facilities city-wide.

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April 2022

Cricket Reference Group Meeting 6

On April 12, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Cricket Reference Group discussed the developing cricket pitch design standards, the existing permit allocation policy, and field maintenance standards.

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February 2022

Cricket Reference Group Meeting 5

On February 10, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Cricket Reference Group (CRG) reviewed the CRG work, Terms of Reference and membership, 2022-2021 Staff Recommended Capital Budget and Plan and the 2022 Work Plan.

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October 2021

Cricket Reference Group Meeting 4

On October 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Cricket Reference Group discussed design details, measuring the growth of the sport and developing community recreation cricket programming.

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June 2021

Cricket Reference Group Meeting 3

On May 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Cricket Reference Group met to review the proposed Field Typology (size), discuss new field location options and the proposed improvements to existing pitches.

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May 2021

Cricket Reference Group Meeting 2

The Cricket Reference Group met on May 12, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The meeting included a review of the proposed Field Typology (size), a discussion on new field location options and proposed improvements to existing pitches.

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April 2021

Cricket Reference Group Meeting 1

On April 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the newly formed Cricket Reference Group (CRG) met. City staff presented an overview of the CRG purpose and goals, as well as a background on the Cricket Strategy and Council investment priorities. Following the presentation, CRG members were prompted to share their thoughts and feedback regarding field typologies, dual pitches, pitch design standards, pitch surfacing, and field delineation.

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Early 2021

Cricket Reference Group

The Cricket Reference Group was established early 2021.

The Cricket Reference Group:

  • Includes representatives from cricket organizations from across the City
  • Meets virtually multiple times a year
  • Shares feedback to inform the development and implementation of the Cricket Strategy
  • Helps engage the cricketing community directly through the sharing of information

Current Members include:

  • Bangla Warriors Cricket Club: Abu Rubaid Alam
  • Brampton-Etobicoke and District Cricket League: Praim Persaud
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Cricket (CIMA): Ranil Mendis
  • Canadian Police Cricket Club League: Melvin John
  • Cricket Canada: Keith Deonaraine
  • Cricket Canada Masters Council: Akshay Pandya
  • Cricket Ontario: Shah Saleem Zafar
  • Global T20 Canada: Wendy Kane
  • Greater Toronto Cricket Club: Qhinathullah Mohammed
  • Ontario Softball Cricket League: Kumar Jaipersaud
  • Ontario Twilight Softball Cricket League: Azeem Khan
  • Scarborough Cricket Association: Shiv Persaud
  • Superstar Colts Coach: Abdool Mudassar Samad
  • Toronto & District Cricket Association: Mohammed Shaikh
  • Community Sport Collective: Heather Mitchell
  • Toronto Police Cricket Club: PC Amir Butt
  • Open Member (Scarborough League Player): Kannan Rajagopal

The CRG Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually.

Download the 2023 City of Toronto Cricket Reference Group Terms of Reference.

October 2020

Online Mapping Tool

An online mapping tool was used to collect feedback about potential new and existing cricket field locations until November 2, 2020.

Download the summary report.

Virtual Public Information Meeting

On October 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a virtual public meeting took place.

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June 2020

Stakeholder Meeting 1

On June 24, the first cricket stakeholder meeting took place virtually.  The meeting included an overview presentation of the Facilities Master Plan, future Cricket Strategy and future Cricket Reference Group. Each presentation was followed by a discussion period where participants could share their questions, comments and suggestions.

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As part of the 20-year Facilities Master Plan (FMP), City staff reviewed Toronto’s existing cricket facilities to determine if improvements and/or new facilities are required to keep up with demand. The review recommended the following actions over the next 20 years:

  • Upgrade three existing cricket pitches
    • Upgrades will increase the overall capacity of existing fields to support more opportunities for play
    • Upgrades may include improvements to field quality and support amenities like washrooms, seating, lighting, etc.
  • Create up to five new cricket pitches
    • New pitches will be regulation size and may be shared with other recreational activities (e.g. across two full-size soccer fields)
    • Accommodating new pitches may require the City to explore opportunities for land use partnerships, acquiring new land and or redesigning existing parks

City staff are in the process of developing a Cricket Strategy to support and inform this work. The strategy will help the City:

  • Understand the needs of the cricket community, including facility needs, field design, locations, unstructured play options, and supporting amenities.
  • Build relationships with the cricket community and other partners and ensure that the cricket community is fully engaged in the process.
  • Support the growth of cricket across Toronto’s communities through programming and partnerships.

The Cricket Strategy will include:

  • Identified locations for new cricket pitches and opportunities for upgrading existing pitches.
  • Guidelines for the design of cricket pitches and supporting facilities including practice wickets.
  • A recreation plan for supporting cricket in Toronto through activities such as coaching support and youth programming.

There are currently 27 cricket pitches within City parks, some of which are temporary or shared with other activities.

Updated for 2021: This is a map of Toronto that shows the number and types of cricket pitches that exist throughout the city. The City base-map is divided into the four boroughs of Scarborough, North York, Etobicoke, and East York/Downtown. There are three permit classifications of cricket pitch represented. Premier pitches are bright blue. B classification pitches are moss green, and C classification pitches are grey. The number of pitches in a park is represented by the size of the circle in that park. Smaller circles are one pitch, medium circles are two pitches, and large circles are three pitches. There are three parks with Premier pitches, three parks with B classification pitches, and eleven parks with C classification pitches. Below this map is a chart which contains the name and location of each park that contains cricket pitches, along with the number of pitches at that park.

Location Name Address Number of Pitches Classification of Pitch (for booking)
Ashtonbee Reservoir Park 10 Ashtonbee Rd. 2 C
Caledonia Park 1141 Caledonia Rd. 2 C
Cedarvale Park 443 Arlington Ave. 1 C
Centennial Park – Etobicoke 256 Centennial Park Rd. 2 C
Dentonia Park 80 Thyra Ave. 1 C
Ellesmere Reservoir Park 2950 Ellesmere Rd. 2 B
Fergy Brown Park 3700 Eglinton Ave. W. 2 Premier
Flemingdon Park 150 Grenoble Dr. 1 C
G. Ross Lord Park 4801 Dufferin St. 2 Premier
Humber Arboretum 205 Humber College Blvd. 1 B
Keele Reservoir 4995 Keele St. 2 C
L’amoreaux Hydro 1785 McNicoll Ave. 1 B
Remberto Navia 65 Norfinch Dr. 1 C
Summerlea Park 2 Arcot Blvd. 1 C
Sunnybrook Park 1132 Leslie St. 3 Premier
Terry Fox Park 300 Bamburgh Cir. 1 C
Thackeray Park 2955 Kipling Ave. 1 C
Wexford Hydro  55 Elm Bank Rd. 1 C