The Don Mills Civitan Club and the Don Mills Residents Inc. are seeking your support for the Lawrence field, at the south/east corner of Lawrence Ave east and the Donway east, as the site for the new Don Mills Civitan Arena.
The current Don Mills Civitan Arena was built in 1960 with the help of the Don Mills Civitan Club (DMCC), Don Mills Development Corporation (EP Taylor), and the City. The current arena has passed its life expectancy of 40 years and is, for all intents and purposes, beyond repair. Recently the City and Cadillac Fairview (CF) reached an agreement for the transfer of the arena property to CF in 2020 as part of the Don Mills Community Centre agreement. This means the current arena will be demolished in 2020.
DMCC has been looking for a suitable site for a replacement arena since 2002, when serious discussions were ongoing with CF and the City to build a twin pad arena near the post office on the current Shops of Don Mills property.
The new facility would serve the Don Mills community as well as the adjacent neighbourhoods of Parkwoods - Donalda, Victoria Village, The Bridal Path, Banbury - York Mills, and Flemingdon Park.
Single pad arenas are not built anymore; they are inefficient and expensive to operate. Besides, there is enough demand from boys and girls house league and competitive hockey, school hockey, skills development programs, figure skating, public skating, and learn to skate programs, to warrant a three pad facility, if we had the land.
We are seeking community support for a new and exciting twin pad arena site in Don Mills.
The Don Mills Civitan Club (DMCC) strongly believes in supporting the community which it serves. One of the club's primary support programs has been toward the advancement of youth hockey in the broader Don Mills Community.
DMCC is a not for profit organization established in 1955. Our sole objective is to support the greater Don Mills Community with needed projects for our youth, one of which is the Don Mills Civitan Hockey League.
The Club was instrumental in raising funds to construct the existing Don Mills Civitan Arena in 1960.
DMCC is made up of a wide cross section of professionals and business people who are noted for their commitment to amateur sport, and service to the community. It is this commitment to youth and the community that has kept us focused on a new arena for so many years.
Don Mills Residents Inc. (DMRI) is one of the largest and most active resident associations in the City of Toronto. Founded in 1972, in response to the approval of a large Office and Professional building within the centre of the community, it continues to monitor municipal affairs and actively participate in all matters relating to the well-being of the Don Mills community.
The DMRI actively represented a majority of the community in negotiations with Cadillac Fairview and the City during the re-development of the Don Mills Centre and achieved an agreement to develop a Community Centre and swimming pool for the community. Unfortunately, there was insufficient land available to include a new arena. The City agreed to find a new location for the arena to serve the Don Mills and surrounding communities.
It has been an active supporter of the work of the Civitan Service Club and in particular the strong hockey tradition that it has brought to Don Mills through the Don Mills Civitan Arena. This programme has defined Don Mills for many of our youth and is an integral part of this community.
Its removal would be a great community loss and the potential for keeping this programme within our community by utilising surplus education property is a once in a lifetime opportunity that should not be denied. We reach out to all Don Mills residents and our colleagues in surrounding communities to assist us in keeping first class hockey and other ice sports alive in Don Mills.
We want to continue serving the community, but we need your support.
It should be noted that Cadillac Fairview (CF) has already committed $4.5 million to a new arena in the greater Don Mills community.
The Don Mills Civitan Club (DMCC) has been actively pursuing the new arena initiative since 2002, when the club had an agreement in principal with CF and the City to build a twin pad replacement arena at the Shops of Don Mills near the old post office. However, CF concluded a joint venture for condominiums on the balance of the site, and advised Civitan there was no available land for a new arena.
In 2005, the City recommended a City owned 8 acre site on the south west corner of Highway 401 and Don Mills Road. Thousands of man-hours, and a lot of dollars were spent investigating this site. The City decided it was not suitable after all.
As part of the community centre agreement reached in 2010 between Cadillac Fairview, the City and DMRI, the City has until 2020 to build a new arena in the greater Don Mills area. As noted above, Cadillac Fairview has agreed to pay $4.5M toward the building of a new arena. The agreement gives the City 10 years to build a new arena (until 2020). It is now 2013, the old arena will come down in 2020, and there is still no new facility; there is not even an actual site to build one on. The City has identified two city owned locations: 1) the site of the former off ramp at the NW corner of the Don Valley Parkway and York Mills, and 2) the Science Centre parking lot as suitable sites. Neither of these sites is in Don Mills.
The City has recently issued a REOI (Request for Expressions of Interest) for these two sites, which are due on August 20, 2013.
Recently, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) declared the Lawrence field at the south/east corner of Lawrence East and the Donway east as surplus (+/- 5 acres). Therefore the land will be redeveloped in some way. DMCC and Don Mills Residents Inc. (DMRI) approached a number of area politicians (municipal and provincial), as well as TDSB, Build Toronto, and Toronto Lands about building the new arena on this site and received favourable responses on almost all fronts. We believe this site, which is in Don Mills, is much better than either of the sites the City is considering.
We are now seeking community support for this site, as the right location to build the new Don Mills Civitan Arena.
Demolition of the old Don Mills Arena.
Residents of the greater Don Mills Community support a new twin pad arena at the DMCI Lawrence Field. Will you join them?