The current vision for the Wabash Community Centre and Sorauren Park Master Plan is encapsulated in the 2009 “Wabash Green Feasibility Study,” authored by Oleson Worland_Taylor Smyth Architects in joint venture, published by the City of Toronto with generous support from the City and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
The comprehensive report received much community input at various stages. It also built on previous work, especially a 2003 study on the feasibility of converting the existing, abandoned 40,000 sq. ft. linseed oil mill building into a community centre.
The vision is exciting. It not only calls for a modern, LEED-rated construction, but also for a beautiful space using the old building. It would deliver standard community centre amenities (though not a pool), while maximizing the building’s existing layout to include things such as a third-floor event space with roof terrace to generate revenue.
The Wabash (Parkdale) Community Centre currently sits in the City’s Capital Plan for 2018. But it has been in the plan for 18 years, each year pushed back due to various factors including amalgamation.
In the meantime, the WBS’s “baby steps” approach has led to the successful development of other parts of the Wabash property, including the Sorauren Fieldhouse (2008) and soon, the Town Square, in the vacant space between the Fieldhouse and the linseed factory. The WBS’s current campaign is focused on the Town Square.
Below are some of the images and plans from the 2009 report (note the current Town Square plan is greener than the earlier plans below).