Pat believes that everyone should have access to recreational programs.
With two community centres, two libraries, a preforming arts theatre, 4 ice rinks, walking trails and parks, Ward 9 has something for all ages.
Under Pat’s leadership, Council approved the renovation of Meadowvale Community Centre. The new centre opened to much acclaim in 2016 and is the most active of any in the city. This new facility will serve the community for decades to come with a new library, gym, fitness centre, meeting rooms, therapy pool, and the City’s first teaching kitchen. Outdoor improvements included a new splash pad, basketball court, pavilion and improvements to the dock at Lake Aquitaine.
Also in 2016, Pat opened the new Union Park at Tenth Line and Aquitaine which is also one of the busiest in the ward. This was possible through Pat getting Council to purchase the old Union Gas lands to replace Plum Tree Park which was sold to the Peel Board for school use. Pat then used Ward 9 infrastructure funding to build the park ensuring that no property tax dollars were spent. The park was built with input from the neighbourhood and provides everything the residents asked for – a playground, dog run, basketball court, skate park, shelter, adult fitness equipment, ice rinks, improved toboggan hill and spray pad.
Union Park has been the site of the City’s Play in Park program for the past two years and is proving popular.
Pat moved to increase funding for the Active Assist program to ensure that low income families can access services and initiated a pilot to enable recipients to purchase reduced price tickets for shows at the Meadowvale Theatre.
Pat is a big supporter of the Meadowvale Theatre and is working with staff on future improvements that will increase the use and revenue of our great local facility.
Under Pat’s leadership, Meadowvale 4 Rinks has undergone improvements. Pat works with the local hockey association and figure skating clubs to make sure that their needs are met and that suggestions are implemented. On October 28, Pat is hosting a special ceremony to dedicate Rink 1 at Four Rinks in honour of the late Johnny Bower. Johnny was a local resident and a legend in hockey. Sadly he passed away in December 2017. Through this initiative his memory will live on as thousands of young skaters and hockey players visit the rink named for him.
In 2018, Pat attended the City’s first parkrun at Lake Aquitaine. An international program, parkrun is run by volunteers and welcome everyone to join in a 5K walk or run around Lake Aquitaine every Saturday morning at 9 am. Pat assisted in getting approvals for the activity and it has been a popular addition to the park.
As Chair of Tourism, Pat moved a motion for the city to study the feasibility of building a stadium that could hold events such as major soccer and football tournaments as well as concerts. This study is underway for review in 2019.