City of Toronto Parks, Forestry, and Recreation (PFR) Department's Curling Strategy Metting
Another milestone in our project was reached on Tuesday, Sept. 29th with the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation's (PFR) Phase 2 meeting with its Stakeholders Reference Group. This is a group of knowledgeable curling spokespersons who provide PFR with direction and expertise on the sport within Toronto.
The purpose of the meeting was to build upon the positive findings from Phase 1 which determined there were serious gaps in meeting the demand for curling in Toronto and in particular the west end of Toronto. PFR wanted to gather input on the first draft of their Phase 2 report - finding viable options for closing the gaps identified in Phase 1. Phase 2 will also determine costs and funding options.
The detailed content of the meeting must remain confidential at the request of PFR until Phase 2 is complete and the ultimate report is posted for public viewing.
Here are a few general highlights without getting into specifics -
- It was a very professional and well run event.
- PFR restated that there are gaps in meeting the demand for curling. They were still supportive and committed to the project.
- Curling "Models" were reviewed. These are the various ways a new curling facility might be managed.
- Facility options were presented alsong with assessment criteria. This all aligned very well to the range of options that we developed within WECC. At this stage the options are still quite general.
- PFR also presented criteria which will help assess locations for any facility.
It must be stressed that this is very preliminary and it is not a given that any option will meet the criteria presented. There is much work left to do.
A follow-up meeting will be setup by PFR in early December to explore these options and locations in more detail in order to complete this phase of the project.
Once completed, the Phase 2 report will be brought before City Council. The original target for going to City Council was the 4th quarter of 2020. However, due to delays including COVID-19, the report will likely not go to City Council until the beginning of 2021.
The project is moving in a good direction.
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