(courtesy of Councillor Joe Mihevc)
Oakwood Collegiate Institute is off the list of potential school closures. The Toronto school board is committed to keeping Oakwood open and improvements have been made to the century-old school building. As part of these updates, the landscape master plan has been approved for the school grounds. The vision is to create a welcoming social space with re-landscaped recreation areas that the community can share. New features will include:
- A rebuilt basketball court at the corner of Oakwood and Rosemount. It will also be expanded to include ping pong and chess tables.
- Access to the field through openings in the fence along St. Clair and the partial removal of the fence along the school to install spectator seating.
- An outdoor performance space will also be added and purposed as both a social area and lunch space.
To help leverage funding from the TDSB, Friends of Oakwood, a local community group established by School Board Trustee Marit Stiles, is asking residents to participate in a fundraising campaign to ensure they can retain this community asset. You can start right now by contributing to their GoFundMe campaign. There will be a fundraiser on May 4, 2017 from 7 pm to 10 pm at Starving Artist, located at 1078 St. Clair Ave. W for a fun local evening of drinks and nibbles and a silent auction at our Oakwood Common Ground fundraiser.
Be sure to check the Friends of Oakwood Facebook page for more information or contact Angie Van Damme at firstname.lastname@example.org.