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    Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre

    The breadth and scope of Oakville’s many amenities sets itself apart from neighbouring communities. I am so impressed with the thought and planning that goes into developing these amenities, which is no more apparent than in Oakville’s latest project: the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre.

    When Queen Elizabeth Park High School closed its doors in June 2004, the Town of Oakville decided to buy the land from the Halton District School Board and turn an aging facility into a huge opportunity for Oakville residents. After much discussion, it was agreed that the land and building located in West Oakville (on Bridge Road between Third Line and Bronte) would become home to a new Community Centre.

    In order to respect the history of the high school, plans have been made to rejuvenate the existing 144,000 sq ft facility as opposed to tearing it down and rebuilding from scratch. Demolition is now complete and construction is expected to start this spring. I think what gets me most excited is that approximately 1/3 of the new space will be home to Art and Performance amenities. This is a huge opportunity to expand and encourage residents to participate in the cultural arts community. I’m not just talking about a couple of rooms here; there are a number of areas designed for specific art uses. Don’t believe me? Check out the list of facilities below:

    Arts & Performance Facilities:

    •  Wood Working Studio
    • Pottery Studio
    • Music Instruction and Rehearsal Rooms
    • Digital Arts/Photo Room
    • Music Recording Room
    • Clean Fine Arts Studios
    • Dirty Studio Rehearsal Hall
    • Dance Studio
    • Spinning and Weaving Studio

    Highlights of the space:

    The ‘Welcome Centre’ and Lounge - Just inside the front doors you will find the ‘Welcome Centre’, lounge, and cafe. New skylights will bring daylight to the interior. There will be lounge seating and artwork on display. This will be a prime gathering space inside of QEP.

    ‘Black Box’ Performance Space - This space can be used for performances, rehearsals, and meetings. It can be used as a studio for photographers, videographers, and choreographers. This room is part of a suite of spaces that can serve arts and community groups.

    Clean Fine Arts Studio - This space is just one of a number of art studios that will be housed in the new community centre.

    The Art Gallery – The centre will have a dedicated Art Gallery for exhibitions. There will also be a significant potential for additional display of artwork and installations in the main entrance lounge and corridors.

    Sports and Recreation enthusiasts will not be disappointed in the new facility either which will include the following amenities:

    Sporting & Recreational Facilities:

    • Outdoor Tennis courts
    • Outdoor Playground
    • Youth Centre
    • Indoor Pool
    • Gym
    • Dance Studio
    • Active Living Studios
    • Older Adults Centre

     Other Facilities: 

    • Child Minding Area
    • Meeting room
    • Multi-Purpose Rooms
    • Cafe

    As a realtor, I analyze neighbourhoods for a living. I’ve seen many, lived in several and always come to the conclusion that there is no place like Oakville. Oakville is made up of caring residents who continuously strive to raise the bar in their community. The Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre is just one of several initiatives demonstrating this desire. I’m excited to see the centre come to fruition and thank all those individuals involved in the project thus far. After reviewing the new centre, I am seriously motivated to start exploring my deep-seeded creative side. This, coming from someone who considers writing blog posts a “creative endeavour”. For more information on the QEP Community Centre, click on this link for an outline of the new centre or visit the Town of Oakville’s website.

    All the best,


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