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Youth artists to give Hershey Sports Complex a Pan Am makeover

Entertainment and activities | April 8, 2015

The excitement of the TO2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games is going beyond  the sports community as local students prepare to paint the columns at the Hershey Sports Complex in Mississauga this month.

The students will be painting murals from April 14 to 17. On Wednesday, April 15, 2015 members of the community are invited to view the painting in progress, engage with the artists and be part of history.

“This is a great way for young Mississauga artists to celebrate their passion for art through the games,” said Anna Ferguson, City of Mississauga’s Beautification Programmer. “The students will infuse their artistic talents with the Pan Am spirit to create a historic piece of art in the facility.”

The murals, funded by the TO2015 Ignite Program, will be painted by students from John Cabot Catholic Secondary School and Applewood Heights Secondary School. Working with Ferguson, they will create a series of murals that tie together the games with Mississauga people and culture. The designs feature activities that are offered at the Hershey Sports Complex such as fitness, soccer, gymnastics and basketball.

The complex is located next to the Hershey Centre (known during games time as Mississauga Sports Centre [MIS]); it will be the venue for the Pan Am sports of judo, karate, taekwondo, and wrestling and the Parapan Am sports of goal ball, powerlifting and wheelchair rugby.

“The murals will give the venue that special touch and really tell the story of Mississauga’s rich and diverse culture, talent and pride.” said Ferguson. “This is a unique opportunity to witness the making of a Pan Am legacy piece for the city.”

TO2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Mural Paintings of Hershey Sports Complex


  • Youth artists from John Cabot Catholic Secondary School and Applewood Heights Secondary School
  • Anna Ferguson, City of Mississauga Beautification Programmer


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Hershey Sports Complex
5600 Rose Cherry Place
Mississauga, ON

About the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games in Mississauga

This summer, Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe region will host the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. This will be the largest international multi-sport event ever hosted in Canada.  The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games take place from July 10 to 26, 2015 and the Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15, 2015. The Games will welcome more than 10,000 athletes and officials from 41 countries as well as tourists, media and members of the Games family.

The City of Mississauga is one of 16 communities outside of Toronto that will host events in both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.  The Hershey Centre will be known during Games time as the Mississauga Sports Centre (MIS) where Mississauga will host seven sport competitions: judo, karate, taekwondo, wrestling, goalball, powerlifting and wheelchair rugby. To help keep athletes, spectators, business owners and residents moving safely and efficiently during the Games, the City will implement some temporary traffic measures.

For more information about the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games in Mississauga visit

About the TO2015 Ignite Program
The IGNITE program is a community partnership enabling individuals, organizations and communities to create their own Pan Am / Parapan Am Games initiative and/or increase awareness of existing initiatives by being associated with the TORONTO 2015 Games.

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