Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, development, YMCAThe Cooper Koo Family YMCA under construction, image by Jason Allen

On Wednesday, members of the media gathered for a topping off ceremony and hard hat tour of the new Cooper Koo Family YMCA, currently under construction as part of the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Athletes' Village. On hand for the presentation were key stakeholders for the YMCA, as well as donors Michael Cooper and Krystal Koo, who generously donated $2 million toward the project.

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, development, YMCADonors and key stakeholders at the topping off ceremony for the new YMCA, image courtesy of The Communications Group, Inc.

At 82,000 square feet, this YMCA is expected to be among the largest in Canada. It will offer a 7,000 sq. ft. gymnasium, a 7,000 sq. ft. swimming pool, and several fitness studios and exercise areas. It will also provide the community with a huge new, accessible green roof, creating an additional 11,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space.

Cooper Koo Family YMCA, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, developmentFront entrance under construction, image by Jason Allen

Cooper Koo Family YMCA, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, developmentRendering of complete front entrance, image courtesy of YMCA

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, development, YMCAThe Cooper Koo Family YMCA under construction, image by Jason Allen

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, development, YMCAThe Cooper Koo Family YMCA under construction, image by Jason Allen

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, development, YMCAThe Cooper Koo Family YMCA under construction, image by Jason Allen

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, development, YMCA, poolA rendering of the complete swimming pool, image courtesy of the YMCA

The Cooper Koo Family YMCA is being built as part of a larger project involving George Brown College. A new campus building, also under construction and visible in many photos below, will serve as apartments for athletes and members of the press during the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, after which they'll become student residences.

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, development, George BrownView along Front Street of the new George Brown residence building under construction, image by Jason Allen

George Brown College, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, developmentGeorge Brown residence building under construction, image by Jason Allen

George Brown College, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, developmentThe new George Brown residence building, as seen from the roof of the YMCA, image by Jason Allen

The YMCA also announced yesterday that this location is one of five YMCA community centres and facilities to be built throughout the GTA over the next decade.

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, development, hardhat tourReady for our hard hat tour of the YMCA, image by Jason Allen

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, developmentLooking eastward along Front Street, from Cherry Street, image by Jason Allen

Canary Restaurant, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, developmentThe Canary Restaurant, some time away from being seen again by public traffic, image by Jason Allen

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, developmentLooking southward along Cherry Street, from Front Street, (yes, Cherry has been moved slightly westward), image by Jason Allen

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, development, YMCALooking northward along Cherry Street, from Front Street, image by Jason Allen

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, development, DistilleryView of the Distillery District from the rooftop of the Cooper Koo Family YMCA, image by Jason Allen

Cherry Street, Canary District, Pan Am Games, Toronto, development, viewView of downtown from the rooftop of the Cooper Koo Family YMCA, image by Jason Allen

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