PHOTO OP: New Outdoor Sport Court Provides Opportunities for Local Youth
Sep 30, 2016
Next Friday, the City of Mississauga is set to unveil its new outdoor multisport court located at Springfield Gardens (3570 and 3590 Colonial Dr.). The court was developed to bring youth of all ages together in a common area to play and enjoy sports. To help with the construction of the court, the City received two community grants:
• $225,000 from MLSE Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
• $50,000 from the Rotary Club of Mississauga West
Media Photo Opportunity What: Ridgeway Community Court Official Opening
When: Friday, October 7, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Activities and demonstrations
2:30 to 3 p.m. – Official Ceremony
3:30 to 6 p.m. – Activities, activation, live performances and demonstrations
3570 and 3590 Colonial Dr.
Ward 8 Councillor Matt Mahoney
Members of Council
Janice Sheehy, Commissioner, Human Services, Region of Peel
Vijay Kanwar, MLSE Foundation Board Member
Landon French, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Richard Blake, Member of the Rotary Club of Mississauga West
Mohammed Hashim, Board President, Erin Mills Youth Centre
Members of the Peel Living Board
Youth from the community
Ridgeway Community Courts
The multisport court will serve more than 300 youth each week and accommodates six different recreational sports: soccer, volleyball, tennis, pickleball, basketball and hockey. Youth can access free sport programming to engage in physical activity. Peel Living owns the property and agreed to allow the lot to be used to encourage youth to get physically active. City staff will develop drop-in recreational programming for the space to ensure children are physically active. Additionally, the Erin Mills Youth Centre will use the space to coach and teach children about sports, teamwork and leadership.
About the City of Mississauga
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 752,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Mississauga is focused on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
About MLSE Foundation
MLSE Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With the support of MLSE’s teams, the Foundation funds the refurbishment of local athletic facilities and programs that support kids through sports and recreation. Set to open in 2017, MLSE Foundation’s latest project, MLSE LaunchPad, will be the first collaborative space in North America to leverage sport, education and research to promote social change. Since launching in December 2009, MLSE Foundation has invested more than $24 million into our community. For more information, visit mlsefoundation.org or follow @MLSEFoundation.
About Canadian Tire Jumpstart
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to providing kids from low-income families with the opportunity to experience the benefits of organized sports and physical activities. With an extensive, national network of more than 300 local chapters, Jumpstart helps kids in communities across Canada by assisting with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation. Supported by the Government of Canada through Sport Canada and the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, which includes Canadian Tire, PartSource, Gas+, Sport Chek, Atmosphere, National Sports, Sports Experts, Mark's and Canadian Tire Financial Services, Jumpstart has enabled more than one million Canadian kids and counting to get in the game since 2005. Follow Jumpstart on Twitter and Facebook to learn about how the charity is giving kids across Canada a sporting chance.
About the Rotary Club of Mississauga West
The Rotary Club of Mississauga West comprises of business, professional and community leaders from the west-end of Mississauga. Members provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace throughout the community. The club is non-political, non-religious and open to all cultures, races and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service in the community, workplace and throughout the world.
Senior Communications Advisor
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 5053 Karen.Flores@mississauga.ca