April 29, 2021 Today, the Canadian and Ontario Governments, along with the City of Toronto announced their investment in York Centre’s very own Downsview Arena.
The Government of Canada is investing $704,429 through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $586,965 while the City of Toronto is contributing $469,678 to improve the Downsview Arena.
Councillor James Pasternak provided a statement about the important role Downsview Arena serves in the York Centre community: “The Downsview Arena is a vital recreational and social asset that is also playing a crucial role in the vaccine roll out. We will work with staff to make sure this construction effort does not impede the distribution of vaccines in the area. This investment is most welcome as the repairs identified will keep the facility safe, accessible, energy efficient and in a good state of repair. The Downsview Arena services a high needs area and beyond and plays a crucial role for keeping all residents active in sports, social activities and other community activities. Having all levels of government work together to fund crucial community investments shows that when federalism works dividends go to the community.”
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2022 and to last until fall of 2022. Construction will occur outside of the winter season as to not disturb winter ice programming. Spring and summer programs and permit holders will be relocated to a nearby and similar facility.