URGENT UPDATE! Our Pool & Community Centre is in Jeopardy
It is with heavy hearts that we tell you that the Bowmore/Fairmount Park
Community Centre is one of the 12 facilities targeted by Toronto's
Budget Committee for program elimination, along with eliminating another
neighbourhood pool (at Duke of Connaught).
Read Dec 2 Toronto Star story
All recreation programs at Fairmount, including the extremely popular
ballet, martial arts, arts & fitness programs, along with other
enrichment opportunities for our families, will be eliminated if the
Budget Committee approves the plan. Budget planning meetings are being held all next week, with public hearings on December 7-8.
Also deeply worrying: While our pool is not on the list of seven that
will be immediately axed, it is hard to imagine sustainable pool
programming (staff hours etc) if all other programs are removed.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Many of you signed the petition last June, and sent us your heartfelt
testimonials. We will ensure our councillor uses them when speaking at
the budget meeting. If you have not yet submitted your testimonial
stating why the pool and Parks & Rec programming is important, please email one to us immediately.
We will gather and forward all testimonials (past & present) to the
Budget Committee and cc Councillor McMahon, Chris Spence, Sheila
Cary-Meagher, TDSB and other relevant players on your behalf. Let's tell
them that jeopardizing our children's health and safety by eliminating
sports, recreation and swim literacy programs is not the way to cut
Attend the public hearings December 7-8
Bowmore parents should register to depute at the Budget Committee on
December 7/8. To register call or email the Budget Committee rep, Merle
MacDonald, at email@example.com or 416-392-7340. City Council committee agendas can be viewed at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyList.do?function=prepareDisplayDBList . If you do plan to depute, please let us know so we can strategize around messaging from Ward 32.
Use it or lose it!
TOMORROW IS THE REGISTRATION OPENING FOR RECREATION & SWIM PROGRAMS
(see below). If you cherish our community centre, please take time to
review and make use of the many programs available to us in our
Spread the word
Help us distribute flyers, and tell everyone in our neighbourhood about this threat to our community.
We are working with our city councillor to plan our community reponse to
this threat. We will keep you informed as we learn more. Please let us
know by email
if you can help distribute flyers and help us find other ways to spread
the word. Without delay, we must let the city and Budget Committee know
how much our community values this vital neighbourhood asset.
About the Fairmount/Bowmore Pool Committee:
Formed in June 2010, our goal is to keep our community centre thriving.
We have been collecting petitions, writing testimonials and
securing media coverage. We maintain an open communication channel with
all concerned parents, Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon, and Trustee
Sheila Cary Meagher. If you can help, please contact us via email.
Parks & Recreation Winter Registration Deadline - Tomorrow!
A reminder - registration for Winter Skating & Swimming lessons and March Break Camps start December 3rd! Browse program offerings and register online here.
Aside from a VERY busy swimming program, Fairmount offers Arts, Fitness & Wellness and Sports programs. These include:
-Arts & Crafts
All the programs for Fairmount are listed here. Get
familiar with the wonderful programming available to our families, and
make use of this important community asset, while we still have it!