The Ontario Science Centre and the City of Toronto are partnering to design and build a 3000 sq. ft. indoor play space for the Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre at CityPlace.
Last fall, the city broke ground on a massive new project next to Canoe Landing Park that will include two new schools.
The major development will include the new elementary schools, a community centre, and child care centre.
The multi-use development in CityPlace will also feature a green roof, shared gym, separate outdoor play areas for each age group, and numerous energy efficiency elements within a modern, three-storey structure.
And with the latest agreement with the Science Centre, residents in the area will now be getting one of the best indoor play facilities in the area.
“For too long, our downtown neighbourhoods have not had access to the services and facilities we all need to make our neighbourhoods livable,” said Councillor Joe Cressy earlier this month.
“Our partnership with the Science Centre, as part of the new public amenities on the way in CityPlace, will create space in Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre for children and families that is engaging, dynamic, and accessible for everyone in the neighbourhood.”
Cressy said he also secured an additional $5.4 million of local development benefits funds to expand the budget for the community centre to build a flexible event and market space.
“We’re so excited to bring our expertise in design and fabrication to this new space for the youngest members of this community and their caregivers,” said Heather Farnworth, Director, International Sales at the Ontario Science Centre. “Our team is already inspired and we are looking forward to imagining and building a new and innovative indoor play space as part of Canoe Landing Park.”
Construction on the site began in 2017, with the completion of the schools scheduled for the fall of 2019.