TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Councillors Paul Ainslie (Ward 43
Scarborough East) and Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale)
were joined today by the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the
Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of
State for FedDev Ontario, along with members of the community at a
ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new Regent Park Aquatic
Centre in Toronto.
The high-tech, fully accessible aquatic facility was constructed with
input from the local community.
"The Regent Park Aquatic Centre revitalization project will ensure that
families in the community have a modern aquatic facility that promotes
physical activity and healthy living for people of all ages," said
Minister Kent. "Our government is proud to have invested in this local
project and will continue to make investments like this one, in line
with our priorities of jobs, growth and long-term prosperity."
"Ontario is proud to support local infrastructure projects that foster
economic development and create jobs," said Minister of Tourism,
Culture and Sport Michael Chan. "Our investments have helped make the
new Regent Park Aquatic Centre a place that people of all ages can
access and enjoy for years to come."
"The City is committed to working with residents to help them develop
neighbourhoods that meet their needs," said Councillor Ainslie. "The
new Regent Park Aquatic Centre was built with input from local
residents and it is integral to the community. It provides a great
opportunity for life-long physical activity and teaches an essential
life skill. Toronto's recreational facilities encourage healthy play,
sports, cultural and community activities."
"This state-of-the-art centre is a crucial part of the social
infrastructure for the Regent Park neighbourhood," said Councillor
McConnell. "The aquatic centre will provide much needed access to
swimming and recreation opportunities, and just as important, it will
act as an important hub for the community and build bridges into the
The aquatic facility features a lap pool, leisure pool, therapy pool,
Tarzan rope, diving board, modesty blinds, universal change rooms,
green roof, waterslide, large sliding glass doors that open onto a sun
terrace, and the first ultraviolet sanitation system in Toronto. Swim
programs are geared to meet the community's needs, with options for
preschoolers to older adults.
The centre also provides the community with year-round access to
swimming, which was not previously available, and youth in the
community will benefit through the lifesaving and lifeguard training
programs, which teach youth leadership skills.
The centre was jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the
Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto. The federal and
provincial governments contributed $1 million each, and the City
contributed $14.6 million to this project.
Regent Park is undergoing an extensive revitalization to replace or
repair poor quality housing and transform the neighbourhood into a
successful, mixed-income, mixed use neighbourhood, like many others in
Toronto, offering residents a mix of rental buildings, market
condominium buildings, townhomes, commercial space and community
This project is one of more than 750 across the province that has moved
forward thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than
$380 million under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RinC)
Program in Ontario and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC).
The governments of Canada and Ontario teamed up to make the communities
better places to live and encourage higher levels of participation in
community building. More information about this initiative is available
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's
government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence,
creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size
and cost of government and building a transportation city. For
information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto
residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days
SOURCE: City of Toronto
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