Recreation and The Arts in Ward 9
Ward 9 has several facilities for recreational activities. The Meadowvale Community Centre on Glen Erin Drive in the north end of the ward, serves Meadowvale and Lisgar residents. Located on the shores of Lake Aquitaine, it has a swimming pool, fitness centre, a seniors/youth room, and meeting and activity rooms. Outside facilities include a splash pad and basketball court along with fishing on the lake and walking trails. Across the road in the Meadowvale Town Centre is the Meadowvale Library adjacent to the expanded Meadowvale Community Police Station.
Also in Meadowvale, on Turner Valley Road (off Erin Mills parkway), is Meadowvale Four Rinks arena. This facility was renovated in 2003 with upgraded change rooms, better insulation and new entranceway.
In the south end of the ward in Central Erin Mills opposite Erin Mills Town Centre, is the Erin Meadows Community Centre. This facility is a joint project with St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Secondary School. It features a swimming pool, tot learning pool, meeting/multipurpose rooms. It also benefits from use of the gymnasiums and art rooms at the high school. The Erin Meadows Library is located in this building also.
In Churchill meadows, construction is underway for the new Churchill meadows Library and recreation Centre. This is a joint project with the catholic school board at Thomas and Churchill Meadows Blvd. for 2007. View the artist's rendering of the new facility: Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3. Click here for more information
Ninth Line Lands
In 2002, the City purchased from the province of Ontario about 300 acres of land on the west side of Ninth Line in the Town of Milton from Eglinton to the 407. This land is a mixture of table land and floodplain and we are presently evaluating it to determine what the potential is for use. Initial plans are to provide the major lit playing fields for the Churchill Meadows community. I am also working on an indoor soccer facility in this area. The first fields are tentatively schedule to be built in the 2008 budget year but the location and design will be part of a public process.
I have been successful in getting an indoor soccer facility for Ward 9. Money is budgeted in 2006 for the design with construction planned for 2007. We are finalizing the location but it will likely be on one of the parcels on Ninth Line.
Since we first provided a portable skateboard facility in 2000, the Skateboarding Committee which I sit on has worked hard to bring more facilities to Mississauga. This resulted in the opening of the Iceland Skateboard Park in 2003. Since the opening day it has been one of the busiest facilities in the City.
Located adjacent to Iceland Arena on Matheson Blvd., this will be a facility that can host international competition as well as provide fun and challenge to young Mississaugans.
In addition, we have planned "satellite" skateboard parks and I am confident that one will be located in the Ward 9 community, given the high number of young people who live here. The Ward 9 location is in the community park on Thomas Street in Churchill meadows and will be built for 2005 use.
Ward 9 is blessed with more biking and walking trails than any where else in Mississauga. The Lisgar Trail runs from north of Derry Road through a beautiful naturalized greenbelt along Sixteen Mile Creek to Britannia Road. It ends at Osprey Marsh, an area that was originally a concrete storm water pond that I worked with the community to retrofit to a natural marshland. The Lisgar Residents' Association holds an annual tree planting along the trail each year at the end of May and have planted thousands of wildflowers, shrubs and trees.
The trail was completed along the last stretch on the south side of the marsh this year thanks to a Trillium Foundation grant through Meadowvale Rotary and the LRA. To view this pathway addition click here:
The Meadowvale Theatre is located on Battleford and Montevideo Road and provides an extensive array of entertainment for Ward 9 residents. The theatre seats approximately 400 people and you are bound to find something to suit all ages. This was built as a result of community support and fundraising and is a City operated facility built jointly with West Credit Secondary school