Relationship Framework for the City of Toronto and the Board of Management Arenas:
(Adopted by City Council Sept. 2007}
Introduction (pp 3 - 5)
There are eight indoor ice arenas in the City of Toronto operated by a Board of Management. These Boards of Management were established by the former City of Toronto and the former Borough of East York under the authority of the former Municipal Act, the Community Recreation Centres Act and their predecessors. The seven arenas located in the former City of Toronto are:
(a) George Bell Arena (215 Ryding Ave., established 1961);
(b) Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena (340 Chaplin Cres., established 1970);
(c) McCormick Playground Arena (179 Brock Ave., established 1971);
(d) Moss Park Arena (140 Sherbourne St., established 1974);
(e) North Toronto Memorial Arena (174 Orchard View Blvd., established 1965);
(f) Ted Reeve Community Arena (175 Main St., established 1954); and
(g) William H. Bolton Arena (40 Rossmore Rd., established 1971); and the arena located in the former Borough of East York is:
(h) Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Arena (1073 Millwood Ave., established 1963).
The by-law which established and governs the seven arenas located in the former City of Toronto is found in Chapter 25 of the former City of Toronto Municipal Code while the Leaside Arena was established and is governed according to By-law 1374 of the former Town of Leaside which was amalgamated in 1967 with the former Borough of East York.
(note to reader – as part of the report to Council on the Relationship Framework a recommendation will also be made to delete these two former municipal bylaws and establish a Chapter (bylaw) in the current Toronto Municipal Code. The content of that bylaw will be based on the existing bylaws, the content of the Relationship Framework and changes required as a result of the City of Toronto Act.
A consistent priority of City Council since amalgamation is an objective to engage the public in all aspects of civic life and decision making. This priority is reflected in documents, starting with Council’s Strategic Plan developed in November 1999 to the term priorities of the 2004 – 2006 City Council.
The City of Toronto currently provides indoor ice recreational activities to City residents through almost 50 city-owned facilities. There are a variety of operational models for managing these facilities and creating the opportunity for local community engagement in the decision-making that affects these facilities. The former of City of Toronto and Borough of East York made a decision to utilize a Board of Management model, whereby it delegated the responsibilities for the day-to-day operation of eight indoor arenas to an appointed volunteer Board consisting of representatives of the local community and arena user groups. The mandate given to these Boards is, to operate the arena in a manner that meets local community needs and desires for indoor ice recreational activities while having regard to the objective of producing enough revenue from these uses to operate at the lowest reasonable cost to the City and its residents. Prior to and since amalgamation, the Board operated arenas have consistently delivered on their mandate.
The Board of Management operational model is one vehicle for engaging citizens in the decision-making about the recreational programs and activities available in their neighbourhood. It is a model that worked well prior to amalgamation in former Toronto and East York and has continued to work well since City Board-Operated Arenas – Relationship Framework (adopted by City Council in September 2007) 5 amalgamation. It is also a business model that has consistently ensured that these eight indoor ice arenas are being operated at the lowest reasonable cost to the City and its residents.
This Relationship Framework recognizes the Board of Management model as one of the operational models the City will use for engaging the community in the management and delivery of indoor ice recreational programs. In the Board of Management operational model, the accountability for the successful operation of the facility and its programs is not the sole responsibility of any one party, but is shared between City Council, the appointed Board of Management, the Arena Staff and City Staff. The Relationship Framework documents the roles and responsibilities of each party and thereby the accountabilities of each party.
Although the Boards of Management for Arenas are independent of one another they share a similar relationship to the City. The Relationship Framework is structured to describe commonalties of the group of Arena Boards and the features distinct to individual Arenas are detailed in the attached schedules.
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