GREATER TORONTO – With Ontario schools’ summer break nearing the halfway point, the end of July is often crunch time for busy parents in search of family-friendly activities to help pass the dog days of August.
Luckily, 2016 is an exciting year for summer outings in the GTA, with many new and newly-improved facilities to enjoy. Here’s a look at our three favourite attractions for the season:
Taking in Soccer – or Football – at the Overhauled BMO Field
Located in the heart of the Exhibition Place grounds, downtown Toronto’s BMO Field – the long-time home pitch of the Toronto Football Club – is now offering CFL football action as the official turf of the Toronto Argonauts.
Upgrading the stadium for double duty was a two-year, $150-million process, but the new improvements were worth the wait: an improved video screen, new concessions, 26,000-guest seating capacity, and overhead canopies were all among the new features rolled out in time for the Argos’ BMO debut.
For Argos fans, the new home stadium means it will be much easier to find game-day parking, and barbecue lovers can take advantage of an official (all-ages) tailgate zone before the game.
New Kid-Friendly Facilities in Revitalized Regent Park
A brand-new outdoor soccer pitch, which held its official Ribbon Cutting on June 29, is just the latest of many recreation destinations that have recently been added to Daniels Corporation’s master-planned community in Regent Park (just northeast of the intersection of Dundas and Parliament Streets).
2016’s other big addition to the area is a new community centre featuring a climbing wall, gym, fitness studio, weight room, and various other athletic amenities. It also features more low-key offerings like a teaching kitchen, outdoor gathering spaces, and a rooftop garden, as well as multi-purpose rooms.
Both facilities complement the previously-completed Regent Park Aquatic Centre, which offers all of its swim programming to the public completely free of charge.
Try “Fling Golf” at Mississauga’s BraeBen Golf Course
From a state-of-the-art green energy generation system to breathtaking views of the city, there are a lot of things that make the municipally-owned BraeBen Golf Course unique.
The newest is, of course, Fling Golf – a family-friendly alternative to golf that incorporates lacrosse elements and costs less to play. The sport is brand-new to BraeBen as of June 2016, and the course is the only one in Canada that offers it to the public.
Those interested in learning more can do so by checking out this helpful score card, or by reading this online feature from Modern Mississauga. A family of four can play a round for just $35, and Fling Golf sticks are available to rent for just $3 each.
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