The heart of a new, developing neighbourhood
In May 2016, the YMCA of Greater Toronto opened the Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street YMCA Centre — a new Centre of Community in the heart of the quickly growing Canary District. This 82,000 square foot, fully accessible facility features two pools, an indoor track and gymnasium, weight room, cardio machines, green roof, kids’ play structure, cycling studio, functional fitness training space, and more.
About the project
The Cooper Koo Family YMCA is a legacy building from the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Developed in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, Infrastructure Ontario, and the Province of Ontario, this Centre of Community provides programs and services designed to support healthy living for people of all ages and abilities. Our most accessible building to date, the Cooper Koo Family YMCA is now drawing kids, teens, adults, and families into local networks that will help build this neighbourhood into a strong, healthy community for the future.
The impact of our Centre of Community, part of the charity’s ambitious Strong Start, Great Future Campaign to build new Centres across the GTA, will involve the combined effect of our individual programs and the partnerships we develop in our communities. The Centre of Community model involves co-locating our programs/services wherever possible according to the particular needs of a community.
Our friends at Blog TO described the Cooper Koo YMCA as “the centrepiece of the new neighbourhood” when we first opened. They also listed us among the top 5 fitness clubs for kids and families in Toronto.
May 2016: The YMCA of Greater Toronto was joined by government and community partners, donors, employees and volunteers to launch the Grand Opening celebrations of the Cooper Koo YMCA.
How it’s funded
As part of the YMCA’s $350M capital investment in the Greater Toronto Area, the Cooper Koo Family YMCA is funded through a combination of funds from the Province of Ontario (40%), philanthropy (36%), and the remainder from the YMCA. The centre was named after Michael Cooper and Krystal Koo, whose generous support made this project possible. For information about donating or raising funds to support the Cooper Koo Family YMCA, contact the Fundraising team at firstname.lastname@example.org.