The long wait could finally be over.
East Gwillimbury might finally get a pool.
The town announced a memorandum of understanding with the YMCA of the Greater Toronto Area Wednesday that could bring a health and active living plaza to Queensville.
The memorandum is the first step in the plan to bring the multi-fuctional plaza offering a recreation centre, pool, health and community services and a library to town.
“The health and active living plaza hasthe potential to offer unprecedented community service delivery,” East Gwillimbury Mayor Virginia Hackson said. “This potential partnership will result in significant cost savings for the town in tax dollars over the next 50 years.”
The plaza is schedule to open once the population of the town reaches, 40,000 people, which the town estimates for 2020. Facility design is expected in 2018, with construction planned to begin in 2019.
A market study will be used to inform future decisions about the nature of the potential partnership with the YMCA.
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is excited about this potential partnership with the Town of East Gwillimbury, YMCA of Greater Toronto president Medhat Mahdy said. “The YMCA’s focus on building strong, healthy communities aligns with the health and active living plaza vision.
The town estimates the cost savings of the partnership would be $30 million over the next 50 years. Based on preliminary designs, the projected construction cost of the plaza is $38 million. The town portion of that cost is to be funded through development charges.
The memorandum highlights several YMCA services as potential inclusions in the plaza, including sports, aquatics and fitness programming, child care services, day camps, immigrant services, youth programs and employment services.