Since late 2012, The 519 has been working with the City of Toronto and our partners to build a new recreation facility in the City of Toronto focused on inclusion in sport that would become home to Toronto's LGBTQ sport community.
The 519 Recreation Centre project is being developed with the support of a private philanthropic donor who has committed to providing up to one-third of the project cost, provided the project proves feasible and the remaining two-thirds can be secured. The Recreation Centre represents a transformative opportunity for the LGBTQ community, Toronto’s sports & recreation landscape and the development of the Downtown East neighbourhood surrounding Moss Park.
Support for The 519 Recreation Centre
“As an Olympian and former Dean of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto, I believe passionately in sport’s ability to bring about progress and transformation. I am delighted that The 519 is working to create the first facility focused on sport inclusion in Toronto, and believe it will be a flagship facility for the community and a beacon to the rest of the country and the world.”
- Olympic Athlete Bruce Kidd
“Like many provincial athletic associations, we have worked to develop policies related to homophobia and transphobia – and recognize that the LGBTQ community continues to face distinct issues and challenges at every level of sport. But recognizing the issue is just the beginning. Sporting associations, coaches, parents and players need a place where they can find support, guidance and direction related to bringing these policies to life. The 519’s Sports & Recreation Facility will provide a much-needed environment where theory and practice can meet.”
- Kristine Drakich, Past President Ontario Volleyball Association and Jo-Anne Ljubicic, Executive Director Ontario Volleyball Association
“To LGBT leagues, this new facility will mean so much. It will leave a legacy for future generations, a place where everyone interested in sport and recreation can learn to create a truly joyful and inclusive playing field. The people of Toronto are proud to have been on the right side of history with many issues regarding LGBT rights, and this project will further elevate the city’s reputation as a champion for inclusion and equality.”
- Derick Hoffman, Toronto SandSharks Beach Volleyball
“Sport has often been polarizing for members of the LGBT community, and for a city with a large LGBT community and an open and supportive stance towards their rights, this centre will represent a great national progression.”
- Stephanie White, Associate Athletic Director, Ryerson University