Ontario Investing to Keep Toronto Community Pools Open
Ontario is investing up to $15.8 million over two years to support upgrades and renovations to up to 32 of the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB) pools, through the Toronto Lands Corporation.
Today's investment builds on the province's more than $4 million investment provided to the Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) in 2008-2009.
TLC formed the Aquatics Working Group (AWG) to develop a long term strategy guiding the future of 39 pools originally slated for closure. The group is chaired by former Toronto Mayor, David Crombie, and is mainly comprised of community groups and swim club members, with representatives from the City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board, and the Ministries of Education and Health Promotion.
In its final report, the AWG recommended:
Twenty-four pools should be kept open because they need less capital to maintain operations and because they are necessary to the school and/or are well used by the community.
Eight pools would remain open on a probationary basis. These pools require some capital improvement but are not essential to the school and/or need to demonstrate significant community use. One of these pools will close once the existing school it is in closes.
Closing seven pools as they need significant capital improvements and are not considered essential by the school and/or do not have significant community use.
Pools to remain OPEN (24)
Pools on PROBATION for one year
Allenby Jr PS
Carleton Village Jr PS