Recreation and The Arts
Central Erin Mills Community Centre
The Central Erin Mills Community Centre Steering Committee continues to work to plan for the newest community facility in Ward 9. The facility is under construction and will open in June, 2001. The proposed name is the "Erin Meadows Community Centre and Library".
Lake Aquitaine Redevelopment (new photos)
While Central Erin Mills is waiting for new facilities, Meadowvale is looking at redevelopment of their's. In March of 1994, I realized that Lake Aquitaine Park was not being used to its full potential. Services that once welcomed the community were no longer there and remaining facilities in the park were not being used. I held a public meeting and got interesting feedback from almost 80 residents who also wanted to see Meadowvale's greatest asset improved.
The reconstruction has been underway and is expected to be completed in June, 2000 Check out the new photos taken at a site visit on April 25, 2000. The grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for Sept. 17th but the park facilities will be useable before then. I think the community will be happy with the final result: new splash pad, new multi-purpose play pad for basketball, skateboarding, etc., wider pathways, renovated washroom and concession building and improvements along the lakeside.
I am pleased that Council approved last year our request for a portable skateboard facility. It has been operating in Meadowvale and around the city and is very popular. I expect there will be more purchased and we are also looking at a permanent site for a larger skateboarding facility.
The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga
Mississauga's premier facility for the performing, visual and digital arts is a place of which we can all be proud. The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga opened in October, 1997 and has already been host to many top international performing artists as well as home to our own local artists.
LAC is not just another performing arts venue, however! Behind the doors of this outstanding building located just behind the Civic Centre, lies a world of entertainment and education. From resident visual artists to animation studios, there is something for all ages and all talents.
I have recently stepped down from the Board of Directors of the LAC but have remained as a member and Vice-Chair of the Arts and Entertainment Committee, which sets policy that will govern how the LAC is programmed for Mississauga and beyond.
Closer to home, the Meadowvale Theatre located on Montevideo Road at Battleford provides a wide variety of entertainment to suit all interests and ages. I am also an ex officio member of the board.