ELAD Canada Inc. has broken ground on the Parkway Forest community centre, a key component of the master-planned Emerald City development in Toronto’s North York neighbourhood.
The Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed community centre is a 50,000-square-foot facility with a green roof, a commercial teaching kitchen and an adjacent rooftop garden.
Programming spaces and facilities will include the neighbourhood’s first full-size gymnasium plus a running track, multi-purpose room, arts and crafts room, youth lounge, meeting room, weight room, aerobics and dance studio, and a YMCA-run daycare. An outdoor pool and pavilion with change rooms is also part of the complex.
The centre has been designed to achieve LEED Silver. ELAD said it will be the second such facility in the city to attain this level of certification and the first community recreation infrastructure to be built in the neighbourhood in 20 years.
The centre is being built by Bondfield Construction.
Scheduled for completion in October 2014, the centre will be situated on the 20-acre Emerald City site, which has been designed as a family-friendly community. Plans call for a pedestrian-friendly plaza and 13-acre family park with children’s playground. Emerald City was officially launched in 2008.
“As a developer, our commitment is not just to build great condos, but to take a leading role in building great communities,” said ELAD Canada’s vice-president, development and marketing Netanel Ben-Or.
“To be able to contribute such an important neighbourhood component as the Parkway Forest community centre to the overall plan for Emerald City is something we see as a duty. It’s a tangible way to let residents know we care about the quality of their lives and that of their families.”
When completed, Emerald City will add 2,500 residences to the Parkway Forest community. The first three condominium towers, in Block A, are under construction. The contractor is PCL Constructors Canada Inc.