Oshawa Council members joined staff from Oshawa Senior Community Centres 55+ (OSCC55+) and Oshawa Public Libraries at the future site of the new multi-use community centre.
Located at the northeast corner of Thornton Road North and the future Britannia Avenue West extension, the future facility will expand the city’s recreational offerings and provide north Oshawa residents with closer access to community resources such as the Oshawa Public Libraries and OSCC55+.
The need for an additional recreation facility was one of several recommendations from the Parks, Recreation, Library and Culture Facility Needs Assessment (PRLC). The PRLC was approved by council in November 2015 to meet the needs of community members and user groups and guide facility development in Oshawa until 2031, said a city statement.
“I am so excited to see the collaboration with OSCC55+ and Oshawa Public Libraries on this future multi-use facility,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “We look forward to receiving input from Oshawa residents of all ages, user groups and community stakeholders, including Indigenous communities on facility amenities including a dedicated space. These conversations will further enhance our extensive recreation, learning, and creative options offered by the city and its partners for years to come.
“The Park, Recreation, Library and Culture Facility Needs Assessment offered vital insights into ensuring our community facilities continue to meet the needs of residents of all ages and user groups eager to enjoy what will be Oshawa’s newest, most modern recreation centre and a 30-acre community park. As Chair of Development Services and a long time champion of this dynamic new community building project, I am pleased to see this exciting and much anticipated future facility take shape for the residents and families of Oshawa, particularly those throughout the areas surrounding Ontario Tech and Durham College,” said Ward 2 Regional and City Councillor Tito-Dante Marimpietri.