A large facility requires constant care. Variety Village has embarked on a capital upgrade project of $2.5 million. This rejuvenation will meet the growing demands for service and will have a profound effect on the community and the 30,000 children and adults it serves annually.
Increasing our ability to provide improved accessibility and safety will give members, teams, school groups and the community a sports and recreational facility that continues to be a leader in adapted programming for all abilities.
ONTARIO LIBERALS PLEDGE $5 MILLION FOR VARIETY VILLAGE
We are thrilled and grateful to announce that the Ontario Government Budget for 2018/2019 included an investment for Variety Village. Variety will receive $5 MILLION over two years to update, renovate and repair parts of our aging facility. Karen Stintz, President & CEO, will provide more information as it becomes available. Feel free to share this news! CLICK TO READ MORE.
December 2017 – March 2018
Variety Village recently received generous financial support to begin its Fieldhouse washrooms and change rooms upgrade project. The fieldhouse washrooms and change rooms are going to undergo an entire renovation with updated fixtures, lockers and showers. We are expecting the renovations to begin in December.
Barrier Buster Project Awareness Event
The Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All funding of Variety Village’s Barrier Buster Project with the support of the Government of Canada is complete! Variety Village is spreading awareness about this initiative by hosting a community awareness event at Variety Village on Wednesday, April 18. This event will help shed light on this very important project, thank local community leaders for their continued support and celebrate the communities’ achievements in making Canada a more accessible and inclusive nation.
Wednesday, April 18 from 1:00-3:00pm
Variety Village Lobby
Food and refreshments provided.
This project was made possible by the Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative, supported by the Government of Canada.
What is a Barrier Buster Project? Click here to learn more!
Thank you KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation for our beautiful new fieldhouse curtains!
We’re thinking Green!
Variety Village continues to expand on its Green Plan initiatives with exciting results. Read below to find out more about what we’re doing.
Waste Diversion Program
Five new waste stations to reduce the total amount of solid waste we are producing and sending to landfill are available throughout the facility. We also have new larger recycle and compost bins for pick up by the City of Toronto.
Through its Waste Diversion program the City of Toronto waives its pick up fee for charities, which is saving Variety between $16,000 – $20,000 annually as well as allowing us to be environmentally responsible.
Increased Gardening Space
Many volunteers and members have worked on cleaning up and creating new gardening spaces allowing for additional gardening efforts. This includes a lot of new space for the LINKS Day Program’s vegetable garden. Local food production, especially in urban food production is creating opportunities for better nutrition and learning for our LINKS and MILESTONE Day Program participants.
This is a valuable resource where all compostable waste from the day programs is composted into a usable product on site. It is an educational opportunity for the Day Program participants to understand the importance of reducing municipal solid waste and the meaning of waste diversion. It also aligns with their gardening program. All food waste is now converted into a nutrient rich usable gardening product. This teaches the whole life-cycle of our food system.
LED and Induction Replacement Lighting
Variety has reduced its energy consumption dramatically and all of the old lamps were recycled following proper guidelines. Converting the exterior and interior lighting of the facility to LED and induction lighting will reduce Variety’s annual energy consumption by 259,018 KWh and save annual energy costs by approximately $43,156. The environmental benefit has equivalent carbon reduction to planting 8,431 trees. In addition to a reduction in its energy bills, Variety Village received a rebate of $17,697.40 (incl. HST) from Toronto Hydro as part of their Save on Energy – RETROFIT incentive program.