Advisory Group formation
In the late 1960’s – early 1970’s, the Dundas Street/Bathurst Street neighbourhood underwent a period of urban renewal, with many new housing units being built but little consideration given to the need for more community facilities. An Advisory Group formed in 1973 to develop a proposal for the land on the southeast corner of Dundas and Bathurst Streets. Community members were engaged in a process that culminated in the decision to develop a community-controlled community centre. A consultative process was used to design the facility and create a Steering Committee to secure the land, and get capital funding from the three levels of government. Five committees were set up to look at management, daycare, seniors programs, recreation and youth, and common community space. By 1976, the land was secured and a firm commitment of capital funding made by the City of Toronto, the School Board and the Library Board.