In­vest­ing in Bathurst-Finch

James Paster­nak Ward 10 Coun­cil­lor

Bayview Post - - News -

Since com­ing to of­fice in 2010, I have pro­moted the need to in­vest in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. The Bathurst-Finch neigh­bour­hood is one of those neigh­bour­hoods.

In­vest­ments in Bathurst-Finch in­clude the 20,000-square-foot, $10 mil­lion hub operated by Uni­son Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices. Af­ter sup­port­ing this project as a trustee and now as a city coun­cil­lor, it has been great to see this fa­cil­ity flour­ish with a new com­mu­nity space and a gar­den along with med­i­cal and so­cial ser­vices re­sources for all adults, se­niors, vet­er­ans and new Cana­di­ans.

We have also in­vested in nu­mer­ous out­door fa­cil­i­ties, such as build­ing new play­ground sets at Robert Hicks Park and Ailsa Craig Park, a new bike trail along the Finch Hy­dro cor­ri­dor and new track and field in­vest­ments at Es­ther Shiner Sta­dium.

We are build­ing a new day­care cen­tre near the North York Gen­eral Hospi­tal Ur­gent Care Cen­tre, and we are work­ing on plans to build a newly ex­panded Cen­ten­nial Li­brary (now with Sun­day hours). The city re­mains com­mit­ted to fund­ing the swim­ming pool in­side Northview Heights Sec­ondary School, and we are look­ing to build new ten­nis courts at the school as well.

My of­fice con­tin­ues to pro­tect homes and peo­ple through ma­jor in­vest­ments in storm wa­ter and sewer mod­ern­iza­tion, tree plant­ings, elec­tri­cal and road up­grades. Bathurst-Finch was also a ma­jor ben­e­fi­ciary of the Bell Box out­door mu­ral pro­gram.

Al­though there is still work to be done, the progress be­ing made in the neigh­bour­hood is mak­ing an enor­mous dif­fer­ence.

The Uni­sion Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Hub on Finch Av­enue West

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