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The City of Toronto: Host City of the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games

Summer 2015

  • The City of Toronto is the proud Host City of the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.
  • As Host City, Toronto has an honoured role in welcoming 10,000+ athletes, coaches and officials as well as tens of thousands of visitors from across the Americas to our diverse and dynamic city. 
  • The City's partners in presenting the Games include the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, more than a dozen municipalities and three universities along with TO2015, the organizing committee for the Games.
  • The 2015 Games will leave a lasting legacy for residents and businesses through new and improved athletic infrastructure across the city.
  • Hosting the Games will strengthen the City's international reputation and spur economic development as well as bolster Toronto's ability to attract national and international athletic competitions.
  • In addition to providing fitness and healthy lifestyle opportunities for the community, the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games offer training, leadership, volunteer and economic opportunities for thousands of youth in Toronto and throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area.
  • A number of City-owned facilities have undergone capital improvements in preparation for the Games, including the Etobicoke Olympium, Centennial Park, and the Toronto Track and Field Centre.
  • These upgrades will complement the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, a new facility built on property jointly owned by the City of Toronto and the University Toronto Scarborough, representing the largest single investment in amateur sport infrastructure in Canada.
  • In July 2013, Toronto City Council endorsed an investment of up to $20 million in for the Host City Showcase Program to celebrate the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

 

Host City Showcase Program

  • The Host City Showcase Program will enhance the experience of the Games for residents and visitors while advancing the City's goals for economic development and tourism, sport development and healthy living, and resident engagement and cultural celebration goals.
  • The Host City Showcase Program includes 27 projects, which will leave a notable legacy and long-term community benefit well after the Games.
  • These projects include new community activities; new and expanded cultural celebrations; new sport and recreation programs targeting for children, youth and individuals with special needs; improvements to existing infrastructure and facilities; and economic development and tourism initiatives with local and far-reaching impacts.
  • Most importantly, these projects and the partners involved in the development and implementation of them, represent the diversity that Toronto is so well known for.
  • Final approval and funding for the Showcase Program, which included $2.5 million for a cultural celebration, $2.7 million to promote the City of Toronto as the Host City of the TORONTO 2015 Games through marketing and communications initiatives and approximately $13.8 million for the over two dozen projects was confirmed through Council's adoption of its 2014 operating and capital budgets.

 

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, 875 Morningside Ave.

  • A world-class facility, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) became fully operational in the fall of 2014 offering over 300 community programs.
  • The venue will be opened to the community in the fall of 2015 after the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and will leave a lasting legacy of healthy lifestyle and recreational opportunities for Toronto residents and the local community long after the Games have ended.
  • As one of the largest athletic centres in the country, the TPASC will provide an internationally-sanctioned site for aquatic competition and training for years to come.
  • The aquatic facilities at the TPASC include two 50-metre course pools, a separate dive tank with 10, 7 and 5-metre dive platforms and dryland training facilities with dive pits and trampolines, providing exceptional facilities for athletes of
    national and provincial calibre.
  • The long-course training pool includes a 25-square-metre movable floor area to facilitate access for individuals with disabilities and will provide suitable conditions for new swimmers and a variety of shallow-water fitness activities.
  • Much more than an aquatics centre, the facility features four full-size gymnasiums, a fitness centre, climbing wall and space for community programming.

 

 

Improvements to Etobicoke Olympium, 590 Rathburn Rd.

  • The Etobicoke Olmpium boasts a new competition pool, an upgraded dive board, improvements to the building's mechanical and electrical systems and redesigned and renovated lobby and administrative areas.
  • The Etobicoke Olympium, which will be used as a training facility during the Games, will serve the community for years to come.

 

 


City of Toronto Tracks

  • City of Toronto-owned tracks at the Toronto Track and Field Centre at York University in North York, Birchmount Park Stadium in Scarborough and Centennial Park Stadium in Etobicoke, have undergone renovations and resurfacing.
  • The tracks will be used as warm-up and training facilities during the TORONTO 2015 Games.

 

 

Pan Am Path

  • The Pan Am Path is an 84 kilometres of continuous path for walking, running, cycling and wheeling that connects the city from Etobicoke in the west to Scarborough in the east.
  • Much of the route lies on existing trails and pathways but recent work has added new connections, route improvements and signage to provide a recreation and transportation route to serve as a functional connection to various Pan Am Games venues during the summer of 2015.
  • In the weeks leading up to the Games, the Pan Am Path features art installations, cultural activities and mini-celebration events to showcase the vibrant communities that exist along the route.
  • This Art Relay is co-ordinated by the Friends of the Pan Am Path, a not-for-profit organization working to raise necessary funds to curate the programming.
  • After the Games, the Pan Am Path will remain as a lasting legacy of transportation, health, community and cultural benefits.

 

 

TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay

  • The 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice® and OLG, passed through more than 130 Ontario communities and five outside the province in the lead up to the Games.
  • Over 3,000 torchbearers, including Toronto's 14 community torchbearers, have carried the flame along the relay route.
  • The torch relay has visited neighbourhoods across the city including five community celebrations hosted by the City of Toronto, before its last stop at the Opening Ceremony for the Pan Am Games on July 10.

 

 

TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay

  • The Games Torch Relay will officially start on August 3 and will travel to 12 Ontario communities in the lead up to the Opening Ceremony of the Parapan Am Games in Toronto on August 7.
  • For the first time in torch history, two separate flames will be lit in a special ceremony on August 3 – one in Ottawa (east flame) and one in Niagara Falls (west flame). The flames will travel simultaneously to Toronto and unite on August 6 before completing the final segment of the journey as one flame.
  • Toronto is the last stop before the start of the Parapan Am Games. To mark this event, the City of Toronto is holding a special community celebration at David Pecaut Square.

 

 

Parapan Am Games

  • The City of Toronto is committed to supporting the principles of accessibility and inclusion.
  • Three of the four Parapan Am Venue clusters, such as the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and a one stand-alone venue for wheelchair basketball, are located within the City of Toronto.
  • 11 of the 15 sports that make up the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am sport program will be held in venues across Toronto.
  • The TPASC was built to meet high standards of accessibility.

 

To learn more about the City of Toronto's role of Proud Host City of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games visit www.toronto.ca/panam2015.

 

Follow the City of Toronto on Twitter @TorontoComms and join the conversation about the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games with the #HostCity2015 hashtag.

 

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Media contacts:

Wynna Brown, Strategic Communications, City of Toronto, 416-392-8937, wbrown1@toronto.ca

 


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