2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

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2015 Games Venues

As part of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, more than 40 competition venues are located throughout Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area.

Sport venues have been arranged in seven clusters, with five clusters in Toronto.

By using clusters, the organizing committee is able to group multiple sports together by a sports theme or location, to improve operations and reduce costs. Those benefits include simpler transportation and a better experience for many involved.

For example, for spectators, this means being able to go to one location to watch a swim competition, a fencing match, and part of the modern pentathlon. For athletes, it means being able to run a race, then cheer on a teammate at the tennis courts.

In addition to the construction of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, a number of City-owned facilities are undergoing capital improvements in support of the 2015 Games.

Torontonians from all parts of the city will be able to take part in this incredible event since Pan Am/Parapan Am Games sport venues are spread across the city – from North York, to the waterfront, to Scarborough, Etobicoke and the downtown core.

Pool at Morningside

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) is the single largest investment ever made in amateur sport development in Canada.

Co-owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus), and developed in partnership with the Governments of Canada and Ontario, the new facility, located at located at 875 Morningside Rd. in Scarborough, will serve university students, community members, and high-performance athletes  for decades to come.

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre features:Runner in gymnasium at Morningside

 

  • Two 10-lane, 50-metre pools
  • Separate dive tank
  • Games-time seating capacity of 10,000
  • Four full-sized gymnasiums for training and competition
  • Fitness centre
  • Climbing wall
  • 200-metre indoor track
  • Games-time seating capacity of 3,000.

 

pool area in Etobicoke

In the summer of 2015, some of the world's best athletes will train for the TORONTO Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in the newly renovated pool at the Etobicoke Olympium.

Swimmers, water polo players, divers and synchronized swimmers will give it their all in this revamped City of Toronto venue as they gear up to compete in one of the  largest sporting events Canada has ever hosted.  

The Etobicoke Olympium, located at 590 Rathburn Rd., was renovated and improved for use as a training site for these aquatics disciplines during the TORONTO 2015 Games.

Renovations include improvements to the Olympic-sized pool and dive towers, as well as replacement of major mechanical, electrical and life-safety systems.

As a Pan Am/Parapan Am Games aquatics training venue (for swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming and diving), the Etobicoke Olympium has undergone numerous renovations and upgrades including:

  • A new competition pool
  • An upgraded dive tower
  • Improved mechanical and electrical systems
  • Redesigned and renovated lobby and administrative areas

 

To complete the required renovations and upgrades, the Etobicoke Olympium closed in July 2013, and re-opened in the fall of 2014.

City staff worked closely with aquatic and recreational users of the Olympium during the period of the closure, where possible.

The renovations will give residents access to a much improved facility that will continue to serve the community for years to come.

Renovation of the Etobicoke Olympium was done in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and the TORONTO 2015 Games Organizing Committee.

In 2012, Infrastructure Ontario selected Bondfield Construction Company Ltd. to build and finance the Etobicoke Olympium project.

Pool area improvements

Installation of:

  • New competition pool
  • New deck showers at dive towers
  • New indirect LED lighting
  • New deck bleachers
  • New audio/sound system
  • Permanent shot clocks for water polo
  • New dehumidification system
  • Replacement pool filtration system
  • Replacement bubbler/rippler system for diving

 

Upgrades to:

  • Dive tower platforms
  • Existing tower surfaces to a new non-slip material
  • The scoring/timing booth
  • Mechanical and shower facilities in change rooms

 

Also:

  • Ceiling, cleaned and painted
  • Complete refurbishment of fulcrums and replacement of springboards

 

Other mechanical/electrical building upgrades:

  • Upgraded air conditioning system and electrical distribution throughout building
  • New air handlers
  • New pumps and controls
  • New smoke detectors system
  • New audio/sound system for public announcements and sporting events (pool and gym)
  • New fire alarm system and integrated sprinkler system

 

Reception/administration area improvements:

  • Welcoming entry including renovated reception desk, waiting area and washrooms
  • Administration area reconfigured and renovated to improve operational efficiencies

 

Related

The Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village is under construction in the West Don Lands, a new waterfront community located east of downtown and adjacent to the Don River.

For views of the village construction site click here.

The Athletes' Village will offer athletes, coaches and team officials comfortable lodging and a home away from home during the Games.

Athletes' Village features:

  • Welcome centre
  • Training and recreation facility (400m athletics track and field for training, a 50m pool, and a recreation/fitness centre)
  • Residences and relaxation centre
  • A dining hall
  • Meeting rooms, administration and celebration spaces
  • Medical facility
  • Transportation mall

Once the Games are over, the Village will provide Toronto residents with a range of options in housing, retail and recreational facilities.

The City of Toronto is supporting the development of the Athletes' Village and the West Don Lands by coordinating technical services, providing efficient permitting, and reviewing and approving plans in a timely manner. By working collaboratively with Dundee Kilmer Development L.P., Infrastructure Ontario, TO2015 and Waterfront Toronto, the City of Toronto is helping to ensure that the Athletes' Village is ready on time, and that the City Council endorsed vision and precinct plan for the West Don Lands is achieved.

Highlights of the new West Don Lands community include:

  • New public infrastructure and municipal services; roads and public spaces, Front Street promenade, local streets, and the reconstruction of Eastern Avenue and Cherry Street, which will include a new streetcar route.
  • George Brown College'€™s first ever student residence, which will be used during the Games to support athletes and officials, and will provide housing for 500 students.
  • The Village's athlete training centre, also at Front and Cherry streets, will become a YMCA Centre of Community and is expected to serve more than 8,000 people annually.
  • New housing in downtown Toronto providing a range of housing types and units to accommodate a variety of family sizes, income levels and age groups.
    • 787 units of market housing will be available for occupancy
    • five per cent of those units will be designated for affordable ownership
    • 24 per cent of the units (253 in total) will be designated as permanent affordable rental housing.
More information about the construction of the Athletes' Village project is available at Waterfront Toronto's project page. Stay up to date on the development of the new West Don Lands at Waterfront Toronto

Corktown Common

Toronto will soon be welcoming the arrival of a beautiful new park, as well as a dynamic new neighbourhood in the West Don Lands. The 18-acre Corktown Common will serve the local community, residents from across Toronto, and visitors during the Pan American/Parapan American Games; and inspire all who use it to enjoy healthy, active living in a beautiful green space along the edge of the Don River. Learn more about the exciting transformation of an abandoned post-industrial site into an extraordinary, year-round re-naturalized park here.