All three levels of government are pooling in money to help Brampton realize the Community Youth Hub at South Fletcher’s Sportsplex.
Mayor Patrick Brown made the announcement on Monday along with Brampton councillors, Small Business Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria, Brampton South MP Sonia Sidhu and Brampton West MPP Amarjot Sidhu.
The federal government is contributing $565,000 through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan, while the province is investing $470,786 toward this project. The City of Brampton is contributing $376,714.
The Community Youth Hub at South Fletcher’s Sportsplex will provide Brampton youth with a safe and accessible space to participate in youth-specific programs, services and activities. Some existing rooms at South Fletcher’s Sportsplex will be converted into an open concept, dedicated space for youth activities and resources.
“Brampton is one of the youngest cities in Canada, with more than 130,000 youth ages 14 to 29. Community Youth Hubs will encourage diversity and equity, promote innovative engagement, and provide safe spaces for youth,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.
Enhancing access to youth-centric spaces is part of Brampton’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The City plans to convert space at two recreation centres – South Fletcher’s Sportsplex and Century Gardens Recreation Centre – into Community Youth Hubs, offering youth safe and welcoming spaces that act as one-stop shops for services and activities for young people across the city.
With input from the City’s consultation process with residents and stakeholders, the design process for both Community Youth Hubs will begin in Winter 2021.
“Investing in recreation centres promotes people’s health and well-being and builds inclusive and sustainable communities where people want to live, work and raise families,” said MP Sonia Sidhu. “This investment in our local public infrastructure will improve the quality of life for Brampton’s youth as our community continues to grow and expand,” added MPP Amarjot Sandhu.
Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria said the new Youth Hub coming to South Fletcher’s Sportsplex will provide “young people with a place to gather” and give the community “new spaces to connect”.