Derelict space in St. James Town will finally get a makeover

News Feb 20, 2015 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

A new partnership between the MLSE Foundation and Sentry Investments is bringing a bevy of play opportunities to children and youth in St. James Town.

Representatives from both MLSE and Sentry dropped by Rose Avenue Junior Public School recently to announce funding to revitalize an old tennis court next to 260 Wellesley Street East.

Sentry will give $65,000 and the MLSE Foundation will donate an additional $25,000 to convert the derelict space into a multi-sport court.

“If everything goes according to plan, we’ll have it open this summer,” said Sentry Investments CEO Sean Driscoll. “That will mean more basketball, more volleyball, more hockey and more tennis.”

The court will also be able to be converted to house a mini-soccer pitch, badminton courts and other play options.

The Wednesday, Feb. 18 announcement came before a packed auditorium of Rose Avenue students, who erupted in cheers over the new play facility.

The revitalization of the tennis court puts an end to a long string of disappointments for those in the community. Local organizations Community Matters Toronto and the St. James Town Youth Council have been working to have it fixed up for years. Community Matters has been working to get it upgraded for more than a decade.

“We entered competitions (for charitable causes) and it seemed like we always came third, just out of the money,” said Chris Hallett of Community Matters.

Driscoll said he was happy to finally bring a happy ending to the local groups’ long-running efforts to raise funds.

“We heard about all the near-misses for St. James Town and we’re really happy to make this happen,” he said.

St. James Town Youth Council founding member Gabilan Sivapatham said the new space would be a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, which suffers from a dearth of safe play opportunities.

“With such a dense community, we needed something like this,” he said.

With funding now secured for the play space, Community Matters can turn its attention to the area around the play space.

“Our vision over the next five years is to change that whole area, add a meditative space, a place where people can stretch and do exercise, a nice place where moms can come and bring their toddlers,” said Margaret Coshan of Community Matters.

The new space could also include new plantings, new bike parking and other features.

For now, however, the focus is on building and opening the new multi-sport play space.

“This is really a dream come true for us in terms of the work we’ve been doing for the past few years,” Coshan said.

For more information on the work Community Matters Toronto is doing, visit www.communitymatterstoronto.org

Derelict space in St. James Town will finally get a makeover

MLSE and Sentry Investments help what St. James Town Youth Council worked to have fixed for years

News Feb 20, 2015 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

A new partnership between the MLSE Foundation and Sentry Investments is bringing a bevy of play opportunities to children and youth in St. James Town.

Representatives from both MLSE and Sentry dropped by Rose Avenue Junior Public School recently to announce funding to revitalize an old tennis court next to 260 Wellesley Street East.

Sentry will give $65,000 and the MLSE Foundation will donate an additional $25,000 to convert the derelict space into a multi-sport court.

“If everything goes according to plan, we’ll have it open this summer,” said Sentry Investments CEO Sean Driscoll. “That will mean more basketball, more volleyball, more hockey and more tennis.”

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The court will also be able to be converted to house a mini-soccer pitch, badminton courts and other play options.

The Wednesday, Feb. 18 announcement came before a packed auditorium of Rose Avenue students, who erupted in cheers over the new play facility.

The revitalization of the tennis court puts an end to a long string of disappointments for those in the community. Local organizations Community Matters Toronto and the St. James Town Youth Council have been working to have it fixed up for years. Community Matters has been working to get it upgraded for more than a decade.

“We entered competitions (for charitable causes) and it seemed like we always came third, just out of the money,” said Chris Hallett of Community Matters.

Driscoll said he was happy to finally bring a happy ending to the local groups’ long-running efforts to raise funds.

“We heard about all the near-misses for St. James Town and we’re really happy to make this happen,” he said.

St. James Town Youth Council founding member Gabilan Sivapatham said the new space would be a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, which suffers from a dearth of safe play opportunities.

“With such a dense community, we needed something like this,” he said.

With funding now secured for the play space, Community Matters can turn its attention to the area around the play space.

“Our vision over the next five years is to change that whole area, add a meditative space, a place where people can stretch and do exercise, a nice place where moms can come and bring their toddlers,” said Margaret Coshan of Community Matters.

The new space could also include new plantings, new bike parking and other features.

For now, however, the focus is on building and opening the new multi-sport play space.

“This is really a dream come true for us in terms of the work we’ve been doing for the past few years,” Coshan said.

For more information on the work Community Matters Toronto is doing, visit www.communitymatterstoronto.org

Derelict space in St. James Town will finally get a makeover

MLSE and Sentry Investments help what St. James Town Youth Council worked to have fixed for years

News Feb 20, 2015 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

A new partnership between the MLSE Foundation and Sentry Investments is bringing a bevy of play opportunities to children and youth in St. James Town.

Representatives from both MLSE and Sentry dropped by Rose Avenue Junior Public School recently to announce funding to revitalize an old tennis court next to 260 Wellesley Street East.

Sentry will give $65,000 and the MLSE Foundation will donate an additional $25,000 to convert the derelict space into a multi-sport court.

“If everything goes according to plan, we’ll have it open this summer,” said Sentry Investments CEO Sean Driscoll. “That will mean more basketball, more volleyball, more hockey and more tennis.”

Related Content

The court will also be able to be converted to house a mini-soccer pitch, badminton courts and other play options.

The Wednesday, Feb. 18 announcement came before a packed auditorium of Rose Avenue students, who erupted in cheers over the new play facility.

The revitalization of the tennis court puts an end to a long string of disappointments for those in the community. Local organizations Community Matters Toronto and the St. James Town Youth Council have been working to have it fixed up for years. Community Matters has been working to get it upgraded for more than a decade.

“We entered competitions (for charitable causes) and it seemed like we always came third, just out of the money,” said Chris Hallett of Community Matters.

Driscoll said he was happy to finally bring a happy ending to the local groups’ long-running efforts to raise funds.

“We heard about all the near-misses for St. James Town and we’re really happy to make this happen,” he said.

St. James Town Youth Council founding member Gabilan Sivapatham said the new space would be a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, which suffers from a dearth of safe play opportunities.

“With such a dense community, we needed something like this,” he said.

With funding now secured for the play space, Community Matters can turn its attention to the area around the play space.

“Our vision over the next five years is to change that whole area, add a meditative space, a place where people can stretch and do exercise, a nice place where moms can come and bring their toddlers,” said Margaret Coshan of Community Matters.

The new space could also include new plantings, new bike parking and other features.

For now, however, the focus is on building and opening the new multi-sport play space.

“This is really a dream come true for us in terms of the work we’ve been doing for the past few years,” Coshan said.

For more information on the work Community Matters Toronto is doing, visit www.communitymatterstoronto.org