An application for Site Plan Approval has been resubmitted to the City of Toronto, reflecting a series of design updates to the proposed Northeast Scarborough Community Centre, located at 8450 Sheppard Avenue in Scarborough. The project, designed by Perkins + Will, will replace Joyce Trimmer Park, contributing a three-storey, 7,797 m² community centre building surrounded by over 18,000 m² of landscaped open space. 

View from the Filter Garden to the Northeast Scarborough Community Centre, designed by Perkins and Will for the City of Toronto

The community centre building, originally proposed as a two storey structure, has been heightened to three storeys rising approximately 18 metres. The revision was made in part to reflect recommendations made at two Design Review Panel sessions in May, 2019 and later in September, 2019 that encouraged a more compact design of the facility and maintained a functional park area surrounding it. The subsequent revisions reflect the project’s ‘building as landscape’ design rationale. 

Aerial view of site and surrounding context, image retrieved from Google Earth (coloured by author)

Other notable changes since our last update on the project include the relocation of the paved vehicular parking area from the west frontage of the site to the east frontage, a relocation and reduction in size of a planned soccer field, and the relocation of the proposed basketball court. The revised plans also add a skate park in the south west corner of the site, as well as an area for outdoor ping pong tables, an outdoor playground, outdoor seating and dining areas, a splash pad, and an area containing a bosque of trees with additional outdoor seating. 

North East Community Centre Site Plan, image via submission to City of Toronto

Within the facility, four levels (one below ground) include a range of recreational amenities, seating and meeting areas, and functional multipurpose spaces. 

North East Scarborough Community Centre Floor Plans, image via submission to City of Toronto

A leisure pool, a full size lap pool and their accompanying changing rooms are located in the lower (basement) level. 

Rendering of North East Scarborough Community Centre pool, image via submission to City of Toronto

The lobby, child care centre, and a pool viewing deck are all located on the Ground Floor. 

Renderings of Ground Floor and Level 1 lobby areas, image via submission to City of Toronto

A series of studios and multi-purpose spaces are located on the second floor, along with the full size gymnasium (sized to accommodate indoor cricket) and an outdoor terrace space overlooking the site’s west and north outdoor areas. 

Floor Three Indoor Gymnasium, image via submission to City of Toronto

On the third floor, an indoor track is proposed encircling the gymnasium below. This floor additionally includes a 625 m² biodiverse green roof. 

Rendering of Third Floor indoor running track, image via submission to City of Toronto

The facility’s exterior will primarily consist of dark grey brick cladding, pre-finished metal panel, and a combination of gold anodized aluminum louvers and corrugated panel cladding. Extensive glass curtain wall and vision glazing throughout the building offer views of the facilities indoor and outdoor amenities. The integration of an air source heat pump, a heat recovery chiller, a drainage heat recovery system in to the plans, as well as an overall building envelope designed to improve energy efficiency, have been chosen to achieve CaGBC Zero Carbon and Net Zero Energy for the Northeast Scarborough Community Centre. 

View from MiniSoccer to the Northeast Scarborough Community Centre, designed by Perkins and Will for the City of Toronto

A full landscape plan prepared by PMA Landscape Architects in concert with the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation and Child Services forms a key component of the Northeast Scarborough Community Centre project. Located just south of the Rouge National Urban Park, the landscape plan is inspired by and intends to be a continuation of the important ecological corridor the site is located in. A total of 96 trees are to be planted as part of the landscape plan, as well as a whole host of native shrubs, grasses and perennials. Additionally, several spaces throughout the site have been identified for large scale public art. A Request for Expression of Interest is currently underway (submissions due February 8, 2021) to commission the artwork(s). 

Landscape Plan features, image via submission to City of Toronto

Some 11,480 m² of paved open space is included as part of the project, allowing parking spaces for up to 145 vehicles. While City zoning requires spaces for at least 340 vehicles, the proponents will seek zoning by-law amendment due to the site being well serviced by public transportation (namely the 85 Sheppard East TTC route). Additionally, 18 bicycle parking spaces are proposed on the subject site. 

Check back for updates as the design of the Northeast Scarborough Community Centre continues to evolve. In the meantime, you can join in on the discussion by leaving a comment in the space provided on this page, or on our associated forum thread for the project.

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