New $4 million multisport facility opens in Regent Park

New $4 million multisport facility opens in Regent Park

June 29, 2016

​Regent Park Athletic Grounds include basketball court, soccer/cricket pitch, running track, hockey rink and field house


TORONTO, June 29, 2016 – MLSE Foundation, Toronto Community Housing, the City of Toronto, and The Daniels Corporation hosted a community event today to celebrate the official opening of the new Regent Park Athletic Grounds, the latest addition to the revitalization of Regent Park.

The 2.8-acre (1.1-hectare) Regent Park Athletic Grounds are a key highlight of the third phase of the revitalization with capital funding from MLSE Foundation and the City of Toronto, with additional support from The Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing. The grounds will provide a refurbished hockey rink funded by Hockey Canada Foundation, a running track, a new basketball court funded by Kelly Silverstein Memorial Fund (KSM), a field house funded by Under Armour and an artificial turf soccer/cricket pitch funded by Canadian Tire Jumpstart. This state-of-the-art facility will become a sports destination for Regent Park and Torontonians of all ages.

A community advisory group comprised of youth from Regent Park was formed in February 2014 to engage and to seek input from the neighbourhood to design the athletic grounds. More than 300 individuals contributed to the design of the athletic grounds through community meetings and school workshops with children, youth, and adults.

Now in its 10th year, the transformation of Regent Park's 69 acres is more than 50 per cent complete and is the largest mixed-income development in Canada. In 2016, nine sites will undergo construction to replace aging social housing, build new market condominiums and private rental buildings. Over the course of the transformation of this neighbourhood more than 2,000 social housing units will be replaced and more than 5,500 condominiums will be built. The Regent Park Athletic Grounds are the latest community facility built in this neighbourhood that now includes the 60,000-square foot Daniels Spectrum, a 6-acre park, the Aquatic Centre, and the new Regent Park Community Centre. Among the hallmarks of the revitalization are employment and other opportunities for local residents.


Quotes:

"MLSE Foundation recognizes the tremendous impact that sport can have on local communities, especially in the lives of children and youth. The Regent Park Athletic Grounds – and the entire Regent Park Revitalization project – is a truly unique and collaborative project and we are excited to see the grounds officially finished so the community can begin to enjoy the benefits of play."

-- Michael Bartlett, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation


"The Regent Park Athletic Grounds is the latest exciting addition to the transformation of the Regent Park community. Over the past 10 years we've seen significant changes in this neighbourhood through its revitalization thanks to new amenities, retail space and economic opportunities for residents. This state-of-the-art sports facility is a space the whole city can enjoy, and in particular, the kids of Regent Park."

-- Greg Spearn, President and CEO (interim), Toronto Community Housing


"The City of Toronto is proud to support the considerable efforts of all partners and citizens engaged in the design, build and opening of the Regent Park Athletic Grounds. This project reflects a vibrant neighbourhood that's undergone many changes over the years. These stunning new facilities represent the positive ways of how city-building efforts can benefit not just the Regent Park community, but all of Toronto."

-- Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, City Councillor, Ward 28 (Toronto Centre-Rosedale)


"The official opening of the Regent Park Athletic Grounds coincides with the last day of school, which for young people ushers in their first day of summer. We are excited to have this state-of-the-art sports facility among the fantastic amenities in Regent Park, and we know it will be a popular gathering spot for residents of all ages. We invite all Torontonians to visit the community this summer and experience Regent Park."

-- Martin Blake, Vice President, The Daniels Corporation


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About MLSE Foundation

​MLSE Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With the support of MLSE's teams, the Foundation funds the refurbishment of local athletic facilities and programs that support kids through sports and recreation. Set to open in 2017, MLSE Foundation's latest project, MLSE LaunchPad, will be the first collaborative space in North America to leverage sport, education and research to promote social change. Since launching in December 2009, MLSE Foundation has invested more than $24 million into our community. For more information visit mlsefoundation.org, or follow @MLSEFoundation.


About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider. We provide homes to 58,500 households with low and moderate incomes, in neighbourhoods across the city. Toronto Community Housing is working with its partners to transform some of the oldest public housing neighbourhoods into mixed-income, mixed-use communities where people can thrive.


About The Daniels Corporation

The Daniels Corporation (danielshomes.ca) is one of Canada's pre-eminent builder/developers, building more than 26,000 new homes across the Greater Toronto Area for over 34 years. Daniels has been named Tarion Warranty Corporation's '2016 Ontario High Rise Builder of the Year', and is the recipient of the Business for the Arts 2016 Community Impact Award. Among its many initiatives, Daniels was chosen to partner with Toronto Community Housing to revitalize Regent Park – 69 acres in the heart of Toronto's Downtown East. Understanding that quality of life is created by much more than physical buildings, Daniels goes above and beyond to integrate building excellence with opportunities for social, cultural and economic well-being. Committed to community, Daniels offers innovative programs that help people achieve homeownership, and supports numerous charities and non-profit organizations.


Media contacts:

Lisa Murray
Toronto Community Housing
416-981-4252 or ​media@torontohousing.ca

Megan Aird
The Daniels Corporation
416-591-2918 or maird@danielscorp.com

Melissa Perri
MLSE Foundation
416-815-5524 or melissa.perri@mlse.com