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Community centre funding “secure” for 2017-2023 period

Birds-eye view drawing of the old brick linseed oil mill building, re-imagined as the Wabash Community Centre

2009 concept plan for Wabash Community Centre by Oleson Worland_Taylor Smyth architects, in joint venture. The plan would use the footprint and exterior of the old linseed oil mill. This view looks south-east with Wabash Avenue and the homes on Lukow Terrace in the background

Councillor Gord Perks’s office brought good news to local residents assembled at the annual general meeting of the Wabash Building Society last week: funding for the long-awaited Wabash Community Centre is “secure.”

A representative from the Councillor’s office delivered the news to about 40 people at the public meeting (the Councillor was in a City Council meeting that went late). The funding is set out in the City’s 10-year capital plan (Parks, Forestry and Recreation). Funding for the Wabash Community Centre is slated during the 2017-2023 period, for a total of $34 million covering design and construction.

An article in the Parkdale Villager, “City commits $34 million to new Wabash Community Centre,” provides more coverage.

While the news is encouraging, members of the community-based Wabash Building Society (WBS) pointed out the community centre has been a line item in the City’s budget since at least 2000. The dream for a community centre by Sorauren Park goes back to the late 1980s, prior to the opening of the park itself in 1995. The WBS will not stop advocating.

The most recent plan is contained in a 2009 report, Wabash “Green” Community Centre Feasibility Study, prepared by Oleson Worland_Taylor Smyth architects in joint venture for the City and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Building on previous studies, the 2009 plan would mostly retain the footprint, exterior and layout of the abandoned 40,000 sq. ft. linseed oil mill on the Wabash Avenue site, adjacent to the park. The interior and mechanicals would be completely rebuilt.

The plans include a gym space, several multipurpose rooms, recreation and culture rooms, youth lounge, cafe, and third-floor event space with walk-out terrace.

It’s expected more design consultations will be held with the community in the upcoming months to update the plans to reflect a changing neighbourhood.

The City has already invested about $3 million in the site, with the property purchase in 2000 and environmental remediation in 2004.

Aerial map showing how park was built in phases: main park 1995, Fieldhouse 2008, Town Square 2014, Community Centre 2017-2023 plan

The main park area was opened in 1995, the Fieldhouse in 2008, Town Square in 2014

Other portions of the linseed site have been redeveloped thanks to community efforts led by the Wabash Building Society. WBS campaigns have raised or leveraged approximately $750,000 since 2006, to create the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse (2008) and Sorauren Town Square (Phase 1, 2014).

The fence on the old industrial site is now pushed back to the old linseed oil mill, leaving one piece of the Sorauren Park vision to be completed. Stay tuned.

Wabash Community Centre: project update April 2 with Councillor Perks

With the opening of the Sorauren Town Square last July, one piece of the Sorauren Park vision — dating from the late 1980s — remains: the proposed Wabash Community Centre on the old linseed oil mill property.

Come get a status update on the Wabash Community Centre project on Thursday, April 2 at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse, starting at 7 p.m. Councillor Gord Perks along with community members will be in attendance.

This is public meeting also serves as the Annual General Meeting of the Wabash Building Society, your community non-profit in support of Sorauren Park and the community centre.

It’s a great opportunity for getting involved in community life. Refreshments will be served.

Poster for public meeting on the status of the Wabash Community Centre

Pumpkin Sale fundraiser Sat. Oct. 25

Annual Sorauren Pumpkin Sale

Annual Sorauren Pumpkin Sale

Get your Halloween and Pumpkin Parade pumpkins at the annual Pumpkin Sale Oct. 25, and support Phase 2 of the Sorauren Town Square! All proceeds from the annual pumpkin sale get put back into the park through the non-profit Wabash Building Society. This is the seventh year for the sale, and almost $15,000 has been raised over the years to equip the Fieldhouse with kitchen appliances and help build the new Town Square. This year’s proceeds will be used for new benches and other furnishings for the Square as part of Phase 2 fundraising. The Pumpkin Sale starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 25. Join us also for hot apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee and face painting! Wabash Building Society t-shirts in black with white lettering and distinctive chimney logoNEW THIS YEAR: Also get your limited-edition Wabash Building Society cool cotton T in black with the distinctive white logo. Both men’s and women’s available. Only $25 each, and all proceeds to the WBS in support of the Sorauren Park Town Square campaign. Big thanks to Axis Gear on Dundas St. West for donating the t-shirts. Pumpkin Sale pumpkins are generously donated by Chander Chaddah, broker, Sutton Group Associates. Thanks again Chander and volunteers! And, of course, many of those pumpkins will make a return trip to the park for the annual Sorauren Pumpkin Parade on Nov. 1! (Here’s a good story about the Pumpkin Parade and the park courtesy U.K professor Jesper Eriksen on the Gehl Architects blog, Copenhagen.)