Markus O’Brien-Fehr – Chief of Staff
As a parent with young kids at home, part of the back to school routine for us includes registering for recreation programs to enrich their experience. The City of Toronto offers a huge range of activities for children of all ages (including the grown-up ones) that are both reliable and reasonably priced. This fall, registration beings for the North York District on Tuesday, September 15.
After a successful summer camp season at our community centres, they return to more familiar offerings including a range of sports, arts, aquatics, skating, fitness, early years, and general interest programming. Keeping in mind ongoing public health recommendations, the City has implemented a New Way to Play protocol that will allow for physical distancing and greater safety while participating in indoor activities. This approach will mean a fewer number of available spaces, so registering early may be especially important.
If planning to register, ensure that you have your recreation family number and client numbers for yourself, or any member of the family signing up for programs. If you need your numbers, speak to staff at one of our community centres or by calling 416-396-7378. Pick your programs by reviewing the Toronto FUN guide online and noting the program numbers. On Tuesday, you can register online by clicking here. In-person registration will be possible in North York starting at 6:30 AM at Dennis R. Timbrell resource centre at 29 St. Dennis Drive, as the Civic Centre remains closed to the public.
Recreations programs in Willowdale can be found at Mitchell Field CC, Edithvale CC, Goulding CC, Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre, and Bayview Arena and are easily searchable using the City’s online map.
All City facilities will continue enhanced cleaning protocols, health screening, and sign-in procedures collecting information for contact tracing if needed. Masks or other cloth face coverings must be worn unless swimming or exercising. As COVID-19 remains an active concern, not everyone will be ready to return this fall to community centre programming. But if you’re looking for some physical, creative, or social activity, City staff are working hard to make sure that it’s available.