Mississauga City Council directed staff to explore opportunities to provide a new recreational facility in the City’s northwest area (Ward 10) through innovative partnerships.
A Letter of Intent (LOI) with the YMCA of Greater Toronto is the first step in exploring how it might be possible to work with a partner to fund and develop a recreational facility in this area.
“Council supports the need for indoor recreation opportunities and believes it is a good idea to consider a partnership with the YMCA to build a facility in the northwest area of the city,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion. “The YMCA has a long standing relationship with the City. In Mississauga we are open to working with partners in all sectors of our community and other levels of government. We want to make sure our residents have access to the programs and services that keep them healthy, active and connected to their community.”
Partnership opportunities support the City’s 2014 Future Directions master plans for recreation services. The plan’s draft recommendations include the need for indoor public space for recreational, social and physical healthy activity. The plan also includes a park (#459) with a variety of sports and park amenities on approximately 55 acres of land along Ninth Line in the Churchill Meadows community.
“Our ward has grown very quickly and needs this facility,” added Ward 10 Councillor Sue McFadden. “I’m pleased that we now have a plan in place to develop a new community centre for local residents and the wider community to enjoy.”
“The YMCA of Greater Toronto has committed to building 10 new community centres by 2020,” said Debbie Sevenpifer, Chief Financial Officer, YMCA of Greater Toronto. “This is a tremendous opportunity to include Churchill Meadows in our plans for this major expansion initiative and to continue a successful partnership with the City of Mississauga into the next decade and beyond.”