TORONTO – A Mississauga man is fighting to save an outdoor rink that must be demolished.
Joe Galati has an emotional connection to this outdoor rink. When his mother died in 2014, he came to the Burnhamthorpe outdoor rink because it was helping him cope with the devastating loss.
“The only thing that helped me was coming to this rink so I could escape my pain,” he told CTV News Toronto. “I’m still moved about it. I had a lot of good relationships here. I learned to play hockey here, so I have a lot of passion for this rink.
Galati says her beloved ice rink located at 1500 Gulleden Drive is slated for demolition this spring.
The City of Mississauga is renovating the Burnhamthorpe Community Center to meet the needs of the community. Plans include a new indoor pool and an expanded fitness center.
The 53-year-old has launched an online petition to save the ice rink. He has so far more than 5,500 signatures.
Scott Sangster lives in the neighborhood and has been skating this rink for years. He signed the petition.
“I think it’s great that he’s doing something to save him. As someone who has been coming here since I was a kid, I would hate to see it go away, ”Sangster said.
The City of Mississauga says the outdoor rink needs to be removed for the renovation. According to its website, the recommendation to remove the rink was supported by staff.
The rink welcomes an average of 500 visitors per week for four months, the newly expanded areas of the community center (swimming pool, therapy pool and fitness center) will serve 6,000 visitors per week all year round.
The city says improvements will be made to the current indoor ice rink at the community center.
The local councilor for the area told CTV News Toronto that a new outdoor rink will be built in the adjacent park on the west side of the property to ensure residents of this neighborhood continue to have a place to skate. .
Galati told CTV News Toronto he hopes the city will reconsider his decision and that’s why he started the petition.
The renovation is expected to start in April. It is expected to be completed in 2023.