A new Centre of Community in Toronto's east end
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In 2018, the YMCA of Greater Toronto will open the Toronto Kingston Road YMCA — a 60,000-square-foot Centre of Community located in the Beaches neighbourhood, near Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue.
The Kingston Road Y will host a wide range of programs, including:
The current floor plan incorporates a full gymnasium, two pools (a 25-metre main pool with ramp entry, and a training pool with a movable floor), multi-purpose fitness program studios, a conditioning and weight room, community spaces, a child program space, a youth zone, and stretching spaces.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is pleased to work with Mitchell Lofts to create this new Centre of Community on the site of the former East City YMCA. This state-of-the-art centre will be located on the ground floor and minus-one level of a mixed-use development, with six stories of residential units above and residential and public parking below.
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.
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It's official! We have broken ground at the new Kingston Road YMCA. During the groundbreaking, we also announced a generous $500,000 gift from Eric Tripp and Maria Smith in support of the new Kingston Rd. Y.
This phase began with demolition, followed by excavation and shoring of the reinforced concrete substructure. Once the extensive below-grade work is completed, the above-grade superstructure will be constructed. Following this, the work will move indoors to finish both the residential units and YMCA.
During demolition, we discovered a time capsule from the cornerstone of the demolished East City YMCA. Read our blog to discover what was found when the time capsule was opened.
As part of the YMCA’s $350M capital investment in the Greater Toronto Area, the Kingston Road YMCA will be funded through a combination of funds from the YMCA (67%) and donations from the community (33%). For information about donating or raising funds to support the Kingston Road YMCA, contact the Fundraising team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new Kingston Road YMCA will be located at 907 Kingston Road, between Beech and Balsam avenues. The closest major intersection is Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue.
The new Centre of Community will include a wide range of programs and program spaces.
The Kingston Road YMCA will not have a licensed child care program. There are a number of licensing requirements that we are not able to meet given our current design. We will work closely with the community to determine how best to meet local needs by offering a broad range of child and family programming.
Our research to date has helped us to determine that we will need to offer a variety of Health & Fitness programs and services, community programs, and camping programs to meet current needs. These programs complement the programs and services provided by other Y centres in the area. We will continue to work closely with the community to determine a program delivery model that meets local needs and will focus our engagement efforts in the year leading up to opening on building a program delivery model that meets local needs and interests.
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