Libraries, parks and community centres are the backbone of our community. People of all ages, backgrounds and interests use these spaces and services which bring us together with our neighbours and make city living a little easier. Community facilities provide vital programming for everyone, including youth, seniors, and newcomers, and must be treated as essential.

As our population increases, our parks and recreation facilities face growing pressure. I believe that the government has a responsibility to step up and ensure community spaces are supported and maintained for the long-term.

We should look at ways to improve or expand on our existing spaces. Turning the Donald Summerville Pool into a year-round facility with space to gather is just one example of how we can make better use of spaces we already enjoy.

We also need to grow in ways that support the treasured history of our communities and improve community needs. The future of the Danforth TTC Garage site at Danforth & Coxwell (south/east corner) is now being determined and a master plan is in the works. There is ample room for new community space and I will be working with residents to determine what is best for Beaches-East York. We should all have a say in the spaces we share.

We all depend on access to these community spaces. You can depend on me to work with residents and community leaders to plan into the future, expand programming, and invest in new and upgraded facilities across the ward.