I am writing to you today to advise that the project partners leading the Moss Park Revitalization Project (also known as More Moss Park) have determined that the project is not feasible at this time. Unfortunately, the project will not be going ahead, in its current form.
The partnership, to bring forward the Moss Park revitalization, was between three partners: the City of Toronto, The 519, and a private philanthropic partner. While the project in its current form will not be moving forward, all project partners remain committed to supporting the Moss Park community, through ongoing programs and services, and through consideration of other potential city-building opportunities.
I am pleased to say, there will be no interruption to current programming. The John Innes Community Recreation Centre and Moss Park will continue to be operated and maintained by the City. The Moss Park Arena Board will continue to provide recreational skating and hockey programs to the community at the arena, and The 519 will continue to offer their broad range of community-based programs in the area
Investments in the Moss Park neighbourhood remains my high priority, therefore I will be looking for alternative funding opportunities, to deliver revitalized amenities, within approximately the same time frame as the original proposal. Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff are also deeply committed to improvements, and this is reflected in the upcoming Facilities Master Plan Implementation Strategy report, which identifies John Innes Community Recreation Centre as a prioritized revitalization facility. This staff report will be going to the October 23rd Executive Committee meeting.
I will continue to work closely with staff in Parks, Forestry & Recreation to support the expansion and rebuilding of the John Innes Community Recreation Centre as well as improvements to the green space at Moss Park, and for the continued operation of the arena. The public can expect a further update in January, following the 2020 Capital Budget process.
I recognize that extensive community engagement has been undertaken and I want to sincerely thank The 519 for their leadership over the past few years. I would also like to thank the local community for their thoughtful input throughout the engagement process. It is my intention to immediately build on this momentum by utilizing the early input to inform the future revitalization of this site, and to continue services and programming for the Moss Park community.
As the City moves forward, on our own, I want to assure the local residents that I remain steadfast in my commitment to investing in these important City assets. I will provide additional information as it becomes available in the upcoming months. If you have any questions or comments, please contact my office directly.