TORONTO—The new Regent Park Community Centre recently had its grand opening which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, facility tours and local entertainment.
Deputy mayor Pam McConnell, a Toronto Community Housing representative, Toronto city staff and local youth participated in the opening event, held Feb. 27.
Built as part of the Regent Park Revitalization plan, the community centre, which covers 59,000 square feet, features recreation centres, an employment centre and the Nelson Mandela Child Care Centre.
"It is amazing to celebrate the grand opening of another piece of important social infrastructure in Regent Park," said deputy mayor McConnell, in a statement.
"This highly integrated space was designed with extensive input from the community and is a reflection of the social fabric of this dynamic neighbourhood."
Mayor John Tory says the new centre offers new programs and facilities that will change lives. He said the redevelopment of Regent Park is an example of how the city can help create strong and vibrant neighbourhoods.
The facility also boasts a new gymnasium, fitness studio, weight room, indoor track and change rooms, community hall, teaching kitchen, climbing wall, multi-purpose rooms, youth and older adult spaces and a rooftop garden.
The City of Toronto invested $22.1 million on the project while the Toronto District School Board contributed $400,000.
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