Category Archives: Sports

City Gets the Ball Rolling on Boxed Soccer Pitch in Mississauga’s Downtown Core

After a successful pilot project last fall, the City of Mississauga has entered into a nine-year sponsorship agreement with The Daniels Corporation to build an outdoor boxed soccer pitch to be named ‘Daniels Community Field’ in Mississauga’s downtown core.

“As a soccer enthusiast and advocate of outdoor sports and recreation, I am thrilled to be able to announce this upcoming installation of a boxed soccer pitch for the residents of Ward 4 and for those living within the downtown,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “This is exactly what I had envisioned for our downtown core, not just a public amenity but a boxed soccer pitch that will rival the ones that I have seen in urban, European locales. This will be the very first of its kind here, not just in Mississauga but in all of Canada! I am proud of the work that has gone into securing this partnership and I look forward to continuing to promote active and healthy lifestyles here in our city.”

The pitch will be located at Prince of Wales Dr. and Living Arts Dr. [MAP] for a minimum of three years. It is transferable to other locations should Daniels require the use of their property before the completion of the nine-year agreement.

“The feedback we received from the community was incredibly supportive. Many felt that the pitch instilled a sense of community, creating a place where residents of all ages and abilities could enjoy watching or playing soccer,” said Laura Piette, Director, Parks and Forestry. “We received many resident inquiries asking when the pitch would be put back up after we completed the pilot, so we knew we had backing from the community to pursue this initiative. Bringing back the pitch allows us to provide an outdoor space for play in an area where parkland is limited and population density is high.” Continue reading City Gets the Ball Rolling on Boxed Soccer Pitch in Mississauga’s Downtown Core

Mississauga to Bid on 2020 Ontario Summer Games

On the heels of hosting a successful 2016 Ontario Summer Games, Council has approved the City of Mississauga’s bid to host the 2020 Ontario Summer Games.

“Mississauga continues to cement its reputation as a leading destination to plan, organize and host national and international competitions of athleticism. – Mayor Bonnie Crombie

“Mississauga continues to cement its reputation as a leading destination to plan, organize and host national and international competitions of athleticism. We still feel the pride and legacy of the 2016 Ontario Summer Games. Council and staff are energized about the opportunity to once again showcase our civic pride and celebrate our community spirit as hosts of the 2020 Ontario Summer Games,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said. “The Games are an opportunity to encourage volunteerism, contribute to local tourism and economic activity and help communities build their experience and resources to host large-scale events. Investing in local athletes is at the heart of city-building. This is especially true in a diverse community like Mississauga. Sport transcends language and culture. It is truly a unifying force for good,” Mayor Crombie added.

Mississauga was selected to host the 2016 Ontario Summer Games, which attracted more than 4,000 young athletes and officials competing in 32 sport events over four days. This was the largest sporting event ever hosted in Mississauga, achieving an estimated economic impact of $6 million according to an assessment conducted by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.

“As a destination for sport tourism, we are excited to place a bid on the 2020 Ontario Summer Games,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “To host the Games again would give us another opportunity to showcase our outstanding sport facilities and welcome thousands of athletes and visitors to Mississauga.”

The Ontario Summer Games is the largest multi-sport event in the province, with 3,200 young athletes expected to compete in 23 sport events in 2020. The preliminary operating budget is projected to be $1.652 million. The City’s contribution of $250,000 will offset staffing and administration requirements for the Games.

Hosting the 2020 Games would advance the City’s Sport Plan and Sport Tourism strategy. The strategy provides a focused approach and vision for the future of competitive sport events in Mississauga.

In addition to bidding for the 2020 Summer Games, Mississauga will also host the 55+ Ontario Summer Games in 2018.

The Ontario Summer Games are supported by the Ontario Government, through its Games Ontario program. This program delivers or supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games, the Ontario ParaSport Games, the 2017 North American Indigenous Games and the 2017 Invictus Games.

The City will submit the bid to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) by June 15, 2017 and will be notified of the outcome of the bid in the fall.

Newly Constructed Multisport Court Creates Positive Impact on Community

Today, the City of Mississauga, along with MLSE FoundationCanadian Tire Jumpstart CharitiesRotary Club of Mississauga West and Peel Living opened the newly constructed multisport court at Springfield Gardens located at 3570 and 3590 Colonial Dr. Officially named the Ridgeway Community Courts, the space serves the recreational and sporting needs of more than 300 local-area youth weekly.

“It is wonderful how the Ridgeway Community Courts have brought youth together. It is a shining example of the importance sport can play within the community,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We’re grateful to our funding partners for their continual support of community-based sport projects. These projects have had a long-lasting impact in many Mississauga neighbourhoods and we are proud to add the Ridgeway Community Courts to our city’s legacy.”

To help with the construction of the court, the City received two grants:

  • $225,000 from MLSE Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
  • $50,000 from the Rotary Club of Mississauga West

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Amateur Athletes Excel During the 2016 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga

Athletes from around the province bid Mississauga adieu yesterday as the 2016 Ontario Summer Games (OSG) came to an end. The four-day event celebrated sport and culture in the city, with opening ceremonies kicking off on August 11.

“We’re so proud to have hosted the Province’s largest Games in history,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It’s given Mississauga the opportunity to showcase features that make our city so special including our sports facilities, parks, community centres and waterfront.”

Mississauga welcomed more than 3,500 athletes, ages 12 to 18, with 500 officials and thousands of spectators from across Ontario. There were a total of 34 sport events that took place throughout 16 venues in Mississauga and surrounding municipalities including Brampton, Caledon, Etobicoke, Innisfil and Welland.

“As the largest Ontario Summer Games in our province’s history comes to a close, I’m very grateful to the City of Mississauga for their superb delivery of a memorable event,” said Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “I’m proud to support events of this nature and know that these Games will leave a lasting legacy for local volunteers, officials and athletes who travelled from across the province, experiencing the important role sport can play in bringing us together.” Continue reading Amateur Athletes Excel During the 2016 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga