Parc Downsview Park Inc.

Parc Downsview Park Inc.

March 06, 2007 14:37 ET

Parc Downsview Park Inc. Welcomes Subway Expansion Through Downsview Park

Commitment to the Spadina Subway Boosts the Implementation of Downsview Park's Mandate

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 6, 2007) - The recent jointly announced commitment by the federal provincial and municipal governments to expand Toronto's Spadina subway line into York Region provides a major boost for the development of a sustainable community and a 21st century urban recreational greenspace in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Tony Genco President and CEO of Parc Downsview Park Inc. (PDP) announced today.

The Government of Canada's commitment to contribute money to the funds already committed by the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto will ensure the extension of the subway line from Downsview Subway at Allen Road and Sheppard Avenue westward with a new subway stop in Downsview Park then northward to York University and into York Region.

"This is a welcome opportunity for the Greater Toronto Area and for Downsview Park," said Mr. Genco regarding the 572-acre self-financing urban park which stands in the geographic centre of the GTA "It serves as an important catalyst for the development of the Downsview Park sustainable community as mandated by the Government of Canada. It provides many excellent opportunities to partner with the Province of Ontario and City of Toronto to invigorate the local community and transform the park into an exciting transportation hub for the GTA and beyond."

The proposed new subway station in Downsview Park would be located near the currently operating GO Train line to Bradford which runs through Downsview Park. (This GO Train service operates on the oldest rail line in the province which has been operational since 1853.)

"The recent developments are a confirmation of confidence in our progress and a strengthening of the mandate that has been given to PDP to develop Downsview Park," said Professor Tom Symons, Acting Chair of the Board of Directors of PDP regarding the announcement of the funding of the subway system as well as recent new appointments to the Board of Directors. " The new subway system is a key element in our plan to make Downsview Park an internationally significant showcase for sustainable development."

Downsview Park consists of 572 acres on one of the most significant elevations of land in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Formerly a military base (CFB Downsview) the site was designated by the Government of Canada in 1994 to be developed as "a unique urban recreational greenspace for the enjoyment of future generations." Plans and designs for building the park have been steadily in development since then. Today, the site is home to numerous enterprises including the Toronto Aerospace Museum, Downsview Park Grand Prix Formula Kartways, The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, ReWorks Inc., DYN Recycling Inc., The Toronto Wildlife Centre, Area 51 Paintball and The Hangar. The Hangar, operated by PDP, attracts more than 400,000 visits per year to indoor soccer, and beach volleyball. Downsview Park also hosts seasonal special events-notably Canada Day celebrations which has attracted up to 80,000 people-and a roster of community and school programs year-round to create a vibrant resource for the local community while the plans for the National Urban Park are taking shape. All these attractions and a host of other business relationships and opportunities help to set the stage for the future development of an internationally significant sustainable community at Downsview Park.

Contact Information

  • Parc Downsview Park Inc.
    Garth Hardie
    Communications Co-ordinator
    (416) 952-2229