On Monday, the new Bronx Park Community Centre will open for business, (the grand opening is slated for September 19).
The decision to build the new centre was not without indirect controversy. First off, community club capital improvement monies became available after the scuttling of the $43m, 2004 rapid transit agreement between the three levels of government.
For the Bronx Park expansion in particular, the decision came at the cost of the Kelvin Community Club a few kilometres to the south. Bronx Park still runs the field and ice rink located at the old site.
The new $6.5m centre has: "a gymnasium, multi-purpose room, classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, and home improvement and creative arts labs. The plan also calls for extensive site works activity courts, two hockey rinks, playground structure and a new life trail". (from May '08 city news release).
The 25,000 sq. ft. facility also houses the Good Neighbours Senior Centre that had been operating out of the old E.K. City offices for many years.
I can only imagine the thousands of volunteer hours that went into the planning, construction and setting up of the new centre. It looks great - congrats to the volunteers !
Kelvin for Sale, Bronx Coming Along - Dumplings Feb '09
Bronx Park CC website
Ribbon cutting on June 30 - Wpg Sun Video
Bronx Park Community Centre expands - CTV