5 Amazing Local Amenities in Regent Park
For over a decade now Regent Park has been going through a dramatic transformation in Toronto’s eastern downtown. It’s been widely recognized as a positive model for urban development and is quickly becoming one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in which to live. One of the biggest reasons it’s becoming such a vibrant place to live is the abundance of community facilities and local amenities found within the neighbourhood.
With the launch of DuEast Condos, Daniel’s latest project in Regent Park, we thought we would hightlight five of those local amenities found within community.
For the first time in its history, Regent Park actually has a park. The 6-acre green space along Dundas Street East is designed to act as the centrepiece and anchor of the neighbourhood. The park features a playground, splash pad, dog off-leash area, multi-purpose green space, greenhouse, bake oven, a plaza for community events, walkways, and beautiful landscaping. Connected directly to the park is the 28,000 sq.ft Regent Park Aquatic Centre which offers a great segue to the next featured amenity.
Regent Park Aquatic Centre
Located on the eastern portion of the 6-acre park, the Regent Park Aquatic Centre is a 28,000 sq.ft facility dedicated to aquatic activities. Conceived as a ‘pavilion in the park’, the light-filled space has some of the greatest views of the surrounding green space while enjoying a swim. The Aquatic Centre features a 6-lane 25m lap pool, leisure pool, hot tub, waterslide, bubble benches, children’s play pool and much more. Resident can find free community programming throughout the year.
Regent Park Community Centre
A block south of the park and aquatic centre, residents will find one of the newest facilities to open in Regent Park; the 59,000 sq.ft Community Centre. It features recreation facilities, an employment centre, child care centre and connections to Nelson Mandela Park Public School. Inside the centre includes a gymnasium, fitness studio, weight room, indoor track and change rooms, community hall, teaching kitchen, climbing wall, multi-purpose rooms, youth and older adult spaces and rooftop garden. Outside, the centre shares a courtyard and other outdoor recreation and gathering spaces with the school.
Regent Park Athletic Grounds
Just east of the community centre is the 2.8-acre Regent Park Athletic Grounds that opened last year. Here, residents have access to an ice rink, a running track, basketball court, field house and artificial turf soccer/cricket pitch. The grounds also support a wide variety of community programming.
Daniels Spectrum has become known for being Regent Park’s cultural hub. Run by Artscape, this fully accessible facility features multipurpose spaces and offices that encourage creative learning and innovation through programming and activities. This includes classes on dancing, art-making, singing, and music playing to name a few. The goal is to foster learning, socializing, community building, mentoring, and collaborating within the neighbourhood. The facility’s event, performance and exhibition spaces host many visitors from the community and beyond who come and enjoy the numerous arts and cultural events on offer.
Featured Image Courtesy of MJMA