On May 14th, the third phase of the Regent Park revitalization kicked off with the support of local councillors, community residents and corporate partners.
One of the main focal points of the revamp is creating facilities that invite the rest of the city into Regent Park. While it may have once been an island unto itself, recent projects have set the neighbourhood on a new path. The Regent Park Aquatic Centre is a stunning, award-winning new building that’s brought Toronto residents into the area and Daniels Spectrum has become a cultural hotspot.
And soon Regent Park will have even more spaces to share with the city. The plans for the 2.8-acre Regent Park Athletic Grounds were also revealed.
Developed through community consultations, the expansive grounds will feature a refurbished hockey rink, a new basketball court, a new soccer/cricket pitch as well as a running rack. Primary funding support was provided by the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) Foundation and the City of Toronto, as well as The Daniels Corporation.
Phase 3 will also include three new city streets, more than 600 replacement rental social housing units, over 1,800 market condos and new retail space along Dundas Street.
The Daniels Corporation has been with the project since the beginning and, in the efforts to create a mixed-income, mixed-tenure community, is behind popular projects such as One Park Place and the latest condo offering, One Park Place South Tower.
The new project will rise 29-storeys from Dundas Street East and Sumach and will be the tallest condo in Regent Park to date. Currently under construction, One Park Place South Tower will be steps away from amenities such as the Aquatic Centre, the Paintbox Bistro and more.
Here are a few pictures from the kick-off celebration:
Heather Grey-Wolf, development director for Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), welcomes the crowd.
The Grade 4 class of Nelson Mandela Public School were on hand to help unveil the new plans for the athletic grounds.
They had a lot of ideas on what they’d like to see in their neighbourhood.
They were even given a brick to commemorate the milestone and to thank them for their efforts.
A Regent Park resident describes what the project means to her.
Martin Blake, Vice President of The Daniels Corporation, was also presented with a commemorative brick and spoke about the revitalization process.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly also spoke about the massive transformation and the years of planning work and community building going into the new community.
Phase 3 also saw the demolition of the aging townhomes.
Curious about what the third phase and recreational facilities will look like? Check out the renderings below:
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