Community Centre budget increases by $6 million
City Council votes February 12 on updated Wabash Centre budget
More planning details on the Wabash Community Centre (https://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/) have been released by the City as part of the 2018 Capital Budget process (https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/budget-finances/city-budget/) .
And a hint that a pool may be included in the planning discussions was released earlier in the City?s new Facilities Master Plan (https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/long-term-vision-plans-and-strategies/parks-forestry-recreation/parks-and-recreation-facilities-master-plan/) .
The Parks, Forestry and Recreation Capital Budget document, which every year must be approved by City Council (the next vote is February 12), recommends a $6 million increase in the project?s overall budget, from $34 million (approved last year) to $40 million, flowing over five years from now till 2022. The extra funding was added ?to account for program requirements and recent costs for construction.?
The budget recommends $413,000 in 2018 spending, primarily on preliminary design work, following a modest $30,000 expenditure in 2017.
In a related development, in November Council passed the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Facilities Master Plan (FMP), a document that analyzes current facilities, identifies gaps and trends, and lays the groundwork for the next 20 years of investment for the growing and changing city.
The FMP recommended that indoor pools be including in planning for 15 new or replacement community centres over the next 20 years. Wabash was on the list.
The new community centre will be located in Sorauren Park at the site of the old linseed oil mill. The non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park (https://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/about/) (incorporated as the Wabash Building Society) plans to hold community consultations in 2018 regarding design and construction plans for the new centre, which has been the subject of discussions for more than 25 years. (https://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/history/)
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The 2018 Capital Budget plan for Council consideration includes a section on the Wabash Community Centre. Visit the Wabash Community Centre website (https://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/) for the full text.