A modern youth centre young people can call their own.
New Youth Centre/ Wyatt and Nicholas Ave (Rendered Image)
As part of the Regent Park Revitalization, the apartment building that housed Dixon Hall's youth centre was demolished. Since then, we've been operating our youth programs in a temporary space in a Toronto Community Housing building at 417 Gerrard Street. Thanks to generous support from all three levels of government (with support from the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West–Nepean, and his worship John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto), and donations from the corporate partners, foundations, and individuals, Dixon Hall has raised over $5 million to construct this important new facility for the young people we work with.
Once completed, the new youth centre will stand at the corner of Wyatt and Nicholas Avenues, adjacent to the Regent Park Athletic Grounds. The land was generously donated by the City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing Corporation. The building will be 4 storeys tall, and will have 10,000 square feet of program space. Features of the new building will include an expanded kitchen, several multipurpose rooms, a recording studio, and a jam room. Our youth workers involved the young people they work with throughout the planning process, helping determine how the space would be used and what it would look like. Our construction partner for the project is Cambria Design Build.
The new youth centre will be home to both our Children & Youth department and Dixon Hall Music School. We are looking forward to bringing these two groups together under one roof, and giving youth in Regent Park new opportunities for mentorship, recreation, and music programs. This new space will enable us to serve more young people in the downtown east community than ever before.
We'll be sharing updates throughout the construction process on our blog.