In what has fast become an annual tradition, Scadding Court Community Centre will give anglers of all age and experience levels a chance to land a trout right in the heart of the city.
The pool, at the west downtown community centre, will be filled with rainbow trout. Students and other residents are invited to fish starting on Friday, June 13.
“Starting in the morning until about 3 o’clock on weekdays, we’ll have school groups and children with disabilities in, and then after that it will be open to the public,” said Scadding Court executive director Kevin Lee.
While local school groups are the primary beneficiaries, kids from Camp Oochigeas – which caters to children living with cancer – and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital will also enjoy the fishing pool.
“Some of the kids come in on stretchers, and you can see it in their eyes when a fish bites,” Lee said. “It’s really cool to see.”
In addition to providing a fun, simulated wilderness experience, Gone Fishin’ also teaches kids about the ecology, the environment, nutrition and where their food comes from.
Catching the fish is only part of the fun. For a nominal fee, anglers can have their fish cooked in a variety of shipping container eateries right outside the community centre.
“We have a lot of vendors participating from Market 707,” Lee said. “People can catch fish, we’ll clean them and they can take them to vendors to have them done in different styles – Mediterranean, Asian, Caribbean, whatever they feel like.”
The first batch of 750 trout was dumped into the pool on Wednesday, June 11 to give them time to get acclimated to the conditions. Another 750 will be added to the pool on Tuesday, June 17.
Gone Fishin’ will be open to the public from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays from June 13 through 21. People are asked to pay $3 to catch their first fish and $3.50 per fish thereafter, with an additional $1 fee per fish cleaned.