Pan American Games village to be located in West Don Lands

    McGuinty government investing in development of Toronto's waterfront

    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ -


    Ontario announced the location for the proposed 2015 Pan/Parapan American
Games athletes' village today as Toronto's West Don Lands.
    The proposed village, should the city win its bid to host the games,
could accommodate up to 8,500 athletes and team officials in a single,
centrally located area, and could include the following components:

    -   sport and recreation facilities such as a recreation centre, a 50M
        pool, a 400m track, parkland and walking/running/cycling trails
    -   an accreditation centre to process athletes, team officials and
        visitors, and
    -   retail space, restaurants, medical centre, banks, entertainments
        areas, and other conveniences.

    After the Games, the village is expected to become part of a new
community of high-quality affordable housing and market units already planned
for the West Don Lands.
    Using the West Don Lands for the village complements Waterfront Toronto's
revitalization effort well underway and capitalizes on the opportunities that
hosting the Pan Am Games presents. It also ensures site clean-up and a
significant portion of land development occurs by 2015, several years earlier
than currently envisioned.


    "The West Don Lands is poised to become one of the most exciting new
neighbourhoods in Toronto. As part of the Ontario government's commitment to
revitalizing Toronto's waterfront, we are creating an economically, socially
and environmentally sustainable waterfront community there, and the Pan
American Village is certainly part of that plan."
    - George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and

    "The 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games are an opportunity to showcase
Ontario and host an exceptional event. The athletes' village is a key
component of the bid. This site will provide a safe, home away from home for
athletes to live and train during the games."
    - Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion

    "This new development will be an exceptional fit for the requirements of
the Games and also a wonderful legacy for the City of Toronto. Development in
the West Don Lands is already underway as part of a great intergovernmental
partnership - it only makes sense to accelerate these plans by using this site
for the Pan American Village."
    - David Peterson, Chair of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games bid


    -   All three levels of government have already committed to fund the
        development of infrastructure and parks in the West Don Lands as part
        of a broader $1.5 billion commitment that supports projects across
        Toronto's waterfront.
    -   The Pan Am Games is a major international multi-sport event, held
        every four years.
    -   The games consist of all Summer Olympic sports, plus other non-
        Olympic events, and serve as an Olympic-qualifier.
    -   The last Pan Am Games were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July
        2007 and the next will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico in October


    For more information on Toronto's bid for the Pan/Parapan American Games
click here:
    To learn more about how Ontario is helping to revitalize Toronto's
waterfront click here:

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, MEI Minister's Office, (416)
327-6747; Dipka Damerla, MHP Minister's Office, (416) 326-8497; Liz Borowiec,
Pan Am Secretariat, (416) 326-4982, C. (416) 453-1386

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