There are two exciting community developments that
Dear Newton’s Grove Families,
In this final term, we have had two amazing events at Wildwood Park: Goreway Day and then Olympic Day. All of our students and many of you have now had the opportunity to visit the site and experience first hand what Wildwood Park has to offer. The parkland surrounding our new home offers not only extensive greenspace, it comes with existing sports fields that are perfect for our program, including two baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, a cricket pitch, an outdoor basketball court, tennis courts, and an outdoor playground.
There are two other exciting community developments that will have a really positive impact on the park and on our school. As you may have heard on the news, the indoor skating and hockey arena on the corner will be renamed “The Paul Coffey Arena” after the Hall of Fame NHL player who is from the area. The arena will be getting a makeover and will house many new programs including the first ever Newton’s Grove ice hockey program. Our school band has been invited to play at the official naming ceremony that is scheduled for this coming September. The other exciting development is the proposed new play castle that is coming to Wildwood Park. This will be a replica of the castle in Toronto’s High Park, as pictured below, and it will be designed and built by television celebrity Mike Holmes.
I would also like to take this opportunity to update you on our plans and on our progress as the move to Goreway grows closer. As you know, much time and effort has been spent this year on the design phase of this project, and as many of you have seen as you drive by the site, construction has begun! We have had overwhelming support from the City of Mississauga and from The Mayor and Councillor. Even with this support, we have had some challenges. Building a school comes with some very strict regulations and very specific building code requirements so the zoning and permit process has been arduous. Nonetheless, we have our permit, and construction is well underway. This a complex project with some unique challenges. One of the most challenging aspects of the project so far has been the re-engineering required to move the existing columns to allow for the open spaces that are part of our design, particularly in the larger rooms such as the cafetorium, music room, library and gymnasium. The gym has presented particular challenges; we have had to re-engineer the entire space to allow us to raise the roof and remove all of the existing support columns. What we will end up with, however, is a full, tournament size double gym with the clearance height necessary for elite level sports – definitely worth the time and effort! We anticipate that the next phase of this project will move more quickly. We were somewhat impacted by a general strike by the demolition workers in Ontario. The good news is that much of the exterior cladding had already been removed prior to the strike and much of the interior demolition work has already happened. We have a strong development team who are able to deal effectively with such delays and who clearly understand that it is our goal to move into our new home this fall. Our construction schedule is an aggressive one, but we are still pushing hard for fall occupancy.
Please know that we have many contingencies in place to deal with construction delays, including a very flexible lease here at City View that allows us to remain here until our new home is complete. As much as we push, we are dealing with a construction schedule, and not every aspect of this project is in our control. We remain confident that we will move this fall, but we are not able to say with certainty what our exact occupancy date will be. We will, of course, update you throughout the summer.
One of the best ways to keep informed is by checking for updates on our website and on Facebook. Updates and pictures are posted regularly, and we will continue to keep the information flowing. So how will we be spending our summer vacation? Summer school will be directed this year by Nick Zero and will be held during the month of July here at City View. I will be spending much of my time between City View and Goreway, working with the construction management team to get our new home ready. Mrs. Chachel, Ms. Hart and Mrs. Mathura will also be working with me this summer to make sure that all goes smoothly, and we will all be available to you this summer to provide updates and to answer questions.
There is definitely a lot to be excited about. So although our summer will be a busy one, this is an exciting chapter in our school’s history, and one that we are all thrilled to be part of. The wait really is almost over, and I would like to sincerely thank all of you for your patience, for your support, and for being part of this exciting journey with us. As always, if you have any questions or any ideas that you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me or any of us at the school any time. We are a community who has demonstrated that we can make things happen, and we are a community who understands that our kids deserve the best.