TORONTO, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto is very pleased
that Toronto city councillors re-affirmed the city's commitment to
renewed fields on the university's historic back campus. City council
voted in favour of the University's plan to proceed with the project,
which will involve creating two artificial turf fields.
The fields will provide a venue for field hockey and para-sports during
the 2015 Pan/Parapan-Am games. More importantly for the university,
they will resolve a long-standing problem of limited utilization of the
back campus playing fields, and allow increased access for sport and
recreation for students and the entire university community.
Construction on the fields will begin before the end of the month.
"The debate over the back campus has been waged with passion on both
sides," said David Naylor, President of the University of Toronto.
"The University and its partners made a commitment to support the
Pan/Parapan-American Games with this facility. The City has now
re-confirmed its commitment, and we're grateful. We look forward both
to new opportunities for our intramural and other recreational athletes
and, of course, to helping host the Toronto 2015 events."
While the motion voted on today at city council was a last-minute effort
to stop the project, Vice President Scott Mabury stressed that the
University consulted widely and first publicly surfaced the proposal
for the facility back in 2009. He added: "We know that emotions ran
high on this issue, and it's unfortunate that so much misinformation
was circulated. All the more reason for us to keep communicating, and
to keep looking at this new installation from every angle once it's
Naylor thanked students, community members, faculty, staff and its
partners at Toronto 2015, for making the project a reality and for
their strong support during the debate leading up to today's city
"Without the enthusiasm of those who recognize the value these new
fields have for the university and the community, this project would
not have been possible," he said. "We are happy to continue to work
with the city and all our partners on all aspects of this project."
Naylor also noted that the University is already engaged in planning to
ensure the preservation of the heritage of the entire St. George
campus, including the back campus. That planning will continue with
the City as a full partner.
SOURCE: University of Toronto
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