The Parkway Forest Community Centre project is a unique collaboration between the City of Toronto and private development, resulting in a new community centre that signals the revitalization of a significant suburban precinct. As part of the redevelopment of a 14 hectare site of 1970’s era high rise apartments and townhouses, the new community centre rectifies the significant lack of recreational facilities in the area and supports a diverse range of communities. The facilities are set in a newly redesigned landscape park that connects the playing fields to the south with the residential precinct to the north.
The Parkway Forest Community Centre provides recreational programs to the whole community, including children, teens, and older adults. The Centre also provides social programming and services for the large New Canadian population in the area.
The 55,000 SF community centre program includes a double gymnasium, weight and aerobics rooms, numerous multipurpose rooms and preschool program space, as well as a kitchen with 4 commercial stoves for hosting multi-ethnic cooking classes. Attached to it, yet with separate identity, is an independently operated YMCA childcare facility. The aquatic component includes a 5,000 sf outdoor pool, toddler pool and a 5,000 SF pool pavilion. The separate pavilion’s main focus is a large family change-room that can accommodate all ages.
The community centre portion of the project is targeting LEED Silver, as well as meeting the city’s green development standard and features a green roof with a kitchen garden for growing herbs and spices. The entire facility is universally accessible and all program areas are AODA compliant.