York Rec Centre open… and it is good.

The York Rec Centre is open, and it is a 67,000 square-foot sunlit marvel.

The facilities include two swimming pools (one for toddlers), a weight room, programming space, a lovely gym, and an indoor track. It’s gorgeous and, even though it was opening weekend, surprisingly quiet.

The centre is open from 7 am until 10 pm, and entry and all programs are entirely free.

 

New rec centre delayed. Again.

The long-delayed York Recreation Centre at Black Creek and Eglinton has been—you guessed it—delayed again.

The York Community Centre

The centre’s opening had been scheduled for 2o14-15, June 2016, and then later this month. Registration had begun, and programs were scheduled. Classes have now been cancelled, and will restart (one hopes) in March. Frances Nunziata’s email circular says that drop-ins will begin before that.

Nunziata also says “I will be putting forward a motion requesting that the contract for the project is reviewed and that responsible parties be held accountable for the two years of delay in getting this centre completed.”

York Community Centre delayed again

An artist's concept of the much anticipated Centre.
An artist’s concept of the much anticipated Centre.

The York Community Centre currently under construction at Black Creek and Eglinton is a facility that will contain:

a six lane 25 metre pool with ramp, shallow leisure tot pool with water spray and splash features with ramp and stair access, double sized gymnasium, weight room, indoor running track, fitness studio, universal change rooms, kitchen, and multi-purpose rooms of varying sizes, to provide quality programs for all ages. The building has a green roof and was designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standing. (From Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation).

The location of the new centre.
The location of the new centre at Eglinton Avenue and Black Creek Drive.

The original opening date was scheduled for winter 2014/15 but was pushed back to this June. Now, according to Councillor Nunziata the opening of the much anticipated community centre has been delayed thanks to ‘supply issues with critical components of the project’. The opening is now slated for some time in the fall. As a result, summer camp programs that were to be based there will be moved to Centennial Recreation Centre West (2694 Eglinton Ave. West). All other YRC summer recreation programs included in the Fun Guide will not be available.