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There’s a new environmentally friendly community and aquatic centre coming to Toronto

Torontonians have even more reason to get their fitness on, thanks to a new community and aquatic centre that’s set to make its way to Toronto’s Davisville neighbourhood with construction to start later this year.

The 38,000 square-foot Davisville Community and Aquatic Centre (CAC), will be located beside the new Davisville Junior Public and Spectrum Alternative Senior School site just east of the Yonge St. and Davisville Ave. intersection. Situated on 76 acres of land, the three-story building will be connected to the school via an underground parking lot.

The faculty will house two indoor swimming pools: one, a six-lane, 250-metre pool, and the other, a leisure/tot pool. The plans also include a pool viewing area and gender-neutral washrooms and change rooms.

Artist rendering of the proposed facility to be located on Millwood Road

The community and aquatic centre will feature several multi-functional rooms including a dance studio, meeting rooms, and a teaching kitchen, while an active roof includes plans for a multi-purpose lawn, outdoor fitness space, and a BBQ area.

Through a partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the Davisville CAC will share facilities with the Davisville Junior Public School. The school will have access to the aquatic centre’s swimming pools, and the city will have access to the school’s double gymnasium and underground parking garage outside of school hours.

The Davisville CAC will also be one of the first net-zero recreation centres to be built in Canada. The facility will be 100 per cent electric and will rely on a high-performance building enclosure, with no natural gas usage. To reduce carbon emissions, a geothermal system will provide heating and water.

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Rendering that shows the green roof of the facility

“With construction beginning this fall, my family and I look forward to joining the Davisville Village neighbourhood at the new aquatic centre,” said Councillor Josh Matlow, who represents Ward 12, Toronto St-Paul’s. “Along with parks, childcare, affordable housing and other services, this much-needed recreation space is part of our community’s plan to help ensure that social infrastructure keeps up with the pace of growth.”

Construction on the Davisville aquatic centre is schedules to start in the fall of 2022, and be complete by late 2024.

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