On May 6, 2014, The City of Toronto accepted $5 million from the Government of Canada to fund improvements to the Toronto Track and Field Centre at York University. The facility will be renovated, receive a new track surface and a 12,000 ft2 addition will be constructed.
The Toronto Track and Field Centre will be used as an official warm-up and training venue for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Athletics Canada will pay nominal rent for using the facility and will be responsible for any and all operating and capital maintenance costs. The Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium is currently under construction at York University and will host athletics, throwing and jumping competitions.
In preparation for the Pan Am Games, all three levels of government are working together to build 10 new sporting venues and renovate 15 existing facilities. The $205 million Pan Am Aquatics Centre is currently under construction at the University of Toronto Scarborough and Birchmount Stadium will receive track upgrades.
Southern Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe will play host to the Americas in 2015 as the Pan Am Games comes to 15 municipalities across the region.
From July 10 – 26, 2015, over 11,000 athletes will compete in 51 sports from Welland to Oshawa and Toronto to Minden Hills. The Parapan Am Games will occur from August 7 – 14, 2015.
The Games will leave a lasting legacy across the Golden Horseshoe. The event will create 26,000 jobs, see the construction of 10 new sporting venues, renovations to 15 existing venues, the construction of 253 new affordable housing rental units, 787 market housing units and a new 18 acre park – Corktown Common.
Under the Showcase Program Initiative, the Pan Am Games will also leave a lasting impact in other ways. The Bixi network will be expanded with the addition of 20 stations while the multi-use, recreational Pan Am Path will connect over 80 km of Toronto’s trails.
The City will also benefit from the Pan Am Park Splash Pad at Exhibition Place, improvements to horticulture and landscaping at Pan Am Games sites and the construction of the Cherry Street streetcar line.
Scarborough will play host to events such as aquatics, fencing and wheelchair tennis, which will take place at the Pan Am Aquatics Centre and the UTSC Tennis Centre respectively. The Pan Am Aquatic Centre and Field House is a new $205 million venue under construction at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.
Hosting this world-class event is expected to cost $1.4 billion. The City’s investment in the 2015 Pan Am Games is $96.5 million, which has leveraged private sector investment of $252 million. The total investment in the City’s recreational infrastructure is $348 million. As part of this investment, Scarborough’s Birchmount Stadium will receive track upgrades.
The Pan Am Torch Relay will run from May 1 – July 10, 2015 while tickets for the Games go on sale in November 2014.