On Thursday, August 18, Kathleen Wynne, MPP for Don Valley West, announced that the Ontario Trillium Foundation will provide a grant of $500,000 to upgrade the cricket field surrounding Valley Park Middle School in Toronto.
MPP Wynne was joined by community members, Lisa Green Co-Chair of the Valley Park Go Green Cricket Field Project, John Carey from Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services and TDSB Superintendent Rauda Dickinson to make this important community announcement.
“I know how important the cricket field is for this community and how much joy it will bring to the thousands of people who will use it” said Kathleen Wynne MPP for Don Valley West. “As an advocate for this community, I am proud that our government’s support will see this project delivered.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation Board of Directors has approved the latest round of Community Capital Fund (CCF) projects across the province totaling $11,357,500.
“The McGuinty Government is helping to strengthen one of our strongest assets – our people. These community groups will now be able to better serve their community members and connect them to services that will help create a strong workforce and a prosperous Ontario,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture.
The Flemingdon Park Parent Association will receive $500,000 over 15 months to upgrade the cricket field and surrounding lands of Valley Park Middle School to create a multi-use sports, recreation and community activity space.
Flemingdon Park is a high needs area of Toronto populated by thousands of new immigrant families. The Flemingdon and Thorncliffe neighbourhoods have advocated for a new community space that children, adults and families can enjoy.
Funding is provided through the Community Capital Fund, which helps not-for-profit organizations to deliver important public services to cultural communities. Improved facilities will lead to increased access and space to allow for more learning and skills development, recreation programs and cultural activities.