Timeline: Construction Began in mid-2022
In April 2022, the City of Toronto broke ground for the new North East Scarborough Community Recreation & Child Care Centre.
This Centre is located south of the Rouge National Urban Park at 8450 Sheppard Ave. E. will be the City of Toronto’s first net zero energy and emissions community recreation facility. The building will also house the City’s second net-zero childcare centre.
The building’s leading-edge design employs innovative strategies to eliminate the use of fossil fuels, reduce overall energy consumption and incorporate on-site renewable energy systems. It will be 100 percent electricity powered through a mix of solar photovoltaic panels on its roof and façade, as well as a parking lot canopy. Air handling units will improve heat recovery efficiency by 85 percent.
Outdoor green design is also an important component of the Centre’s vision. In addition to the building featuring a biodiverse green roof terrace, Joyce Trimmer Park will be revitalized with new landscaping and park amenities. The landscape design will include planting 96 trees and native plant species to improve surrounding green space and surface water drainage.
The park will feature a skateboard park, mini soccer field, basketball court, playground, splash pad, ample outdoor seating, a gathering area and public artwork. The community centre amenities include a 25-lane swimming pool and leisure pool, a gymnasium large enough to accommodate an indoor cricket pitch, a teaching kitchen, and a dance and fitness studio.
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