It seems there might be a little battle brewing in the downtown core over the 519 having their eye on the Moss Park arena. It seem the 519 were not happy with the original tract of land given to them by city and now they have set their sites on the Moss park arena for their new state of the art multi purpose sports complex.
The report provided an update on The 519 Sport and Recreation Project and seeks approval to undertake a due diligence review for a new site located in the Moss Park community, including the site occupied by the John Innes Community Centre. The originally proposed project site at Eastern Avenue and St. Lawrence Street has been determined to be unsuitable for the proposed project.
The 519, with the support of a major private philanthropic donor, is proposing to build the first ever LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered, Queer)-focused Sport and Recreation Centre in Toronto. The City of Toronto is currently working with The 519 and the donor to develop a project proposal and parameters for a Development Board that will oversee the planning and execution of the project.
This all sounds good but what is going to happen to the Moss Park hockey league? What happened to the original proposal of adding another ice rink to the existing Moss park arena? There is actually room for both the community centre and two ice pads. What is community outreach going to look like? What level of inclusion would the new sports centre provide for the Moss park Community, not to mention what would happen to the morning and afternoon league that is the only free hockey league in Canada? That league has been around for over 50 years allowing kids who can’t afford to play hockey the opportunity to learn and play hockey.
Lots of questions…probably best to get in touch with Pam or Kristyn to find out.