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Health & Active Living Plaza

Exterior - Artistic Rendering - Dec 15 2020

What is HALP?

The Health & Active Living Plaza is a multi-function municipal plaza planned for the Town of East Gwillimbury (EG). The HALP will be located in Queensville off Leslie Street.

Our vision of the HALP

Our vision of the HALP is to provide EG with expanded and enhanced Parks, Recreation & Culture service delivery through one door, under one roof and at one site. We plan to run convenient and complimentary services and programs with over a dozen community partners.

Our vision is to run the following programs out of this facility:

  • Health programs and services
  • Active living programs
  • Learning, Arts, Culture and Diversity programs 
  • Public and social services

What the facility will feature

The Plaza will feature over 80,000 sq. ft. of facility space, including EG's first ever:

  • Town operated Aquatics Centre
  • Library branch
  • Maker Space and Sound Studio
  • Gymnasium with track and potential fitness amenities (weights and cardio)
  • Program spaces with teaching kitchen

What the park space will feature

The park space will embrace placemaking and feature recreational areas connected by cycle paths and trails and include:

  • Teaching and reading gardens
  • Outdoor cooking space
  • Playground and splash pad
  • Event space (event street and pavilion)
  • Skate Park and Pump Track
  • Multi-use sports courts (pickleball, etc.)
  • Outdoor games tables
  • Beach volleyball
  • Shuffleboard and some sports field space

Although the word “Plaza” may seem like an odd name for this facility, it was chosen as this location will be more than just a recreation facility in the traditional sense. The Town is committing to become a service arranger as well as provider. Through partnerships with local community groups and organizations, the HALP will become a destination point in the community for a variety of convenient and complementary services.


Aquatics Centre - Dec 15, 2020


When will HALP open?

The plaza is projected to open once the population of the Town reaches close to 40,000 residents.

Predicted timeline

The way forward to the Health and Active Living Plaza:

2016:   HALP Land Procurement 15.98 Acre Site – No cost to the Taxpayer
2019 to 2021:   Design and Site Plan (where we are today)
~2021:   Prequalification of General Contractors
~2021 to 2022:   Project Tender*
~2022 to 2025:   Facility Construction*/**
*Subject to Council Approval including Detailed Financial Strategy 

**Facility Construction is Subject to Population Base of 40,000 Residents

The project is funded by development funding with no cost to the taxpayer for the design and construction of the facility. The project is being guided by the Town’s Thinking Green standards and highlights several Green and Environmentally friendly features.

HALP design

We want to hear your input! You can take the design surveylinks to external site and let us know what you want to see in the new Health and Active Living Plaza! View our site plans, maps and building organization for more details on the design. You can find out more information on the design process with MJMA and their history on past projects. 

Context Map

Click on the map below to see the future location of the HALP.

HALP Context Map


The MOU highlights the following YMCA services as potential inclusions at the plaza:

  • Active living and sports programs
  • Aquatics programs (including lane swim, leisure swim and instructional swim lessons)
  • Fitness and fitness-related programming
  • Child care services
  • Day camps
  • Immigrant Services
  • Youth programs, including counselling and leadership
  • Older adult services
  • Employment services
  • Gymnasium drop-in sports services 


Next steps:

  • The Town has retained the Architectural Firm MJMA and is currently in the design phase. Staff will be attending Town events to receive community feedback for designing the HALP. It is anticipated that facility construction would begin in 2021/2022 subject to Council approval and would take approximately 18 months.

Gym - Artistic Rendering - Dec 15, 2020