Valley Park ‘Go Green’ sports facility opens

At the crowded official ribbon-cutting ceremony, with Premier Kathleen Wynne.

At the crowded official ribbon-cutting ceremony, with Premier Kathleen Wynne.

By Eddie Norfolk
Special to Desi Express
The Go Green multisport “field of dreams” at Valley Park Middle School, Toronto was officially opened earlier this month, with various activities, including a cricket match, a baseball clinic and a basketball skills and development clinic.
The ground opening events, speeches and presentations by dignitaries and major sponsors crowned a 2010 dream to create a multi-sport facility to serve the Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park communities.
The dream became a reality thanks to the work of Go Green project co-chairs Nikolas Stefanoff and Lisa Grogan-Green who gained support from many partners and sponsors in the Toronto community.
The baseball clinic at the new diamond was lead by the Toronto Blue Jays “Jays Care Foundation”, who funded the diamond’s development. The MLSE (Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment) Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart programs funded the multi-sport court where the basketball clinic was held.
The opening day activities June 4 were funded by the City of Toronto’s Pan Am and ParaPan Am Festivals grant program.  MLSE alumni players Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC) and Jamal Magloire (Toronto Raptors) were onsite for an autograph signing.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke of the local area as having one of the most diverse mix of people in Toronto and Canada.
The premier was one of several dignitaries and representatives from major project sponsors who spoke during the opening ceremonies which culminated in ribbon cutting at the new cricket pitch and the singing of “O Canada”.
The “Grand Opening Cricket Match” featured the Go Green Blazing Bats against Toronto Police Cricket Club.
The Go Green sports field can accommodate two soccer pitches, when not being used for cricket or baseball, and includes an amphitheatre.
The overall project has cost about $1.55 million. Outdoor sports lights, which cost an additional $400,000 await installation.
Go Green summer camps are scheduled for seven weeks starting July 6.

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