Laugh Out Loud in Leaside

You are invited to

“Laugh Out Loud in Leaside” Act Two

Join us for another fun evening of Yuk Yuk’s comedy, food and friends

Friday, January 28th at 7:30 pm
at the On-the-Park Events & Conference Centre

$75 per ticket or $750 for a table of ten

All proceeds will be used to help the Arena Board promote
the building of a second ice pad at Leaside Gardens.

See flyer for additional information.

Email Update – 29 November 2010

A Message from Brooke Biscoe,
Chair, Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Board of Management

29 November 2010

Public meeting tomorrow night

This is a reminder that the LMCG Arena Board and Expansion Committee will hold a public meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the William Lea Room at the arena.  The architects designing the project and city officials will also be in attendance.  All arena users and interested members of the community are invited to hear about the latest developments on the project, to view drawings of the proposed facility, and discuss anticipated next steps on fundraising, approvals and timelines.  A flyer with meeting details is attached.

Some recent news coverage

You may also be interested in this video clip of CityNews coverage of Hockey Day in Leaside on November 13th.  This event was an initiative of the Leaside Hockey Association to raise public awareness about efforts to build the second ice rink at Leaside Gardens.  I would like to thank the LHA for the continuing and dedicated support for our arena expansion plans.

Click here to watch the video in our gallery.

I hope to see you at the meeting tomorrow evening.

Brooke Biscoe.

Public Consultation Meeting

You’re invited to attend the second

Public Consultation Meeting

Concerning Arena Expansion plans at
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens

Tuesday, 30 November 2010
at 7:00 p.m.
in the William Lea Room
at Leaside Gardens

  •  Hosted by the LMCG Arena Board & Expansion Committee
  • Project architects and city officials will be in attendance
  • Members and friends of the LSC, LHA, and TLGHL, as well as all interested members of the Leaside and East York communities are encouraged to attend
  • A chance for user groups and the local community to have input into the new facility within the parameters of location, design and cost that have already been set
  • Our goal is to keep our key stakeholders fully informed and involved every step of the way in the days and months ahead. If you have not already done so, please provide your email address to any member of the arena board or expansion committee to receive regular project updates.

Results of the Leaside Gardens User Groups and Community Survey – Spring 2010

In the Spring of 2010 the Board of Leaside Memorial Gardens initiated a survey of the broader Leaside community, our core users groups and key stakeholders to gain insight into their thoughts and opinions on Leaside Memorial Community Gardens and the proposed expansion plans. The Board had never undertaken such a survey in the past but believe it’s one more way we can continue to reach out the community to ensure your thoughts are reflected in the facility.

The survey touches on the various areas of the LMCG – the ice rink, pool and the William Lea Room – garnering insight into usage, opinions on the operations and the community’s interest in support for the 2nd pad expansion.  The results of the survey are found in the following pages and we thank those who took the time to share their thoughts with us.  It was terrific feedback from the community and we appreciate your participation.

Email Update – 1 November 2010

A message from Brooke Biscoe,
Chair, Leaside Gardens Board of Management

1 November 2010

Our goal of opening a second ice pad at Leaside Gardens moved one big step closer this past month as the City of Toronto named the architectural firm that will oversee the design phase of the project. My purpose with today’s email is to update you on the hiring of the architect, invite you to the upcoming public consultation meeting and advise you of several other items related to arena expansion.

Architects for arena expansion have been selected

As you know, it was the generous financial contribution from a community family wishing to remain anonymous that enabled your arena board to persuade the City of Toronto to move forward with tendering for an architect. Ten qualified bids were received and members of the expansion committee worked closely with city officials to review the bids. Last week it was made public that the firm of WGD Architects Inc. of Toronto has been awarded the contract. You can read more about the firm at their website The firm’s principals Richard Dabrus and Brian Gregersen have already met twice with the expansion committee’s project working group and we are pleased with the speed with which they have hit the ground and the anticipated timelines as we move forward.
Public Consultation Meeting November 30th

As a follow up to the initial information meeting on May 5th, the expansion committee will host a second public consultation meeting on Tuesday, November 30th in the William Lea Room at 7 p.m. at which the architects and city officials will be present. This will be a chance for our user groups and the local Leaside and East York community to learn about the process, make suggestions, raise concerns and, generally, to have input into the new facility within the parameters of location, design and cost that have already been set. We invite the leadership teams of the LSC, LHA and TLGHL to attend this meeting and urge you to pass the word to your members and parents. Our goal is to keep our key stakeholders fully informed and involved every step of the way in the days and months ahead.

Fundraising Campaign – Volunteer Required

We will provide more details about the upcoming fundraising capital campaign in the near future. In the meantime, we are searching for a candidate to fill a key volunteer role on the campaign. This person will act as a part-time administrator, arranging meetings, keeping track of commitments made and donations received, and generally working closely with the campaign cabinet and fundraising team throughout the duration of the campaign. It is our hope that a person with the necessary skills and enthusiasm to fill this role in a part-time, volunteer capacity may be found among the members and friends of our three main user groups. For further information or to express your interest, please contact expansion committee chair Paul Mercer at

Arena Board Vacancy

Finally, I want to advise you that there is currently one vacancy on the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Board of Management. The arena board is currently accepting applications from interested community members to fill this vacancy. Please send your letter and/or résumé to my attention at the arena office 1073 Millwood Road TORONTO, Ontario M4G 1X6 or email me at The deadline to submit your application is 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 18th. Interviews will be held the evening of Monday November 22, 2010.

Thank you for your time. And please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with your comments or suggestions.


Brooke Biscoe
Arena Board Chair.