TORONTO, September 15, 2012 - Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Gene Jones joined Rivertowne residents to celebrate the opening of Joel Weeks Park. The new 0.95 hectare park expands the former Joel Weeks Parkette and increases the green space in the mixed-income community. The park features renewed basketball courts, a new playground and waterplay area.
"At Toronto Community Housing, we do more than just provide housing: we also work with partners to build healthy communities," said Jones. "Joel Weeks Park will be the heart of the new Rivertowne community. Toronto Community Housing was proud to lead construction of the park. The result is a beautiful public space where residents can meet, garden and play."
The Rivertowne community is Canada's first public housing development rebuilt as a mixed-income community. It has transformed one of the city's oldest downtown communities into a dynamic, new mixed-income neighbourhood and it demonstrates the success of joint venture partnering and community engagement to improve the city's public housing and the quality of the community.