Toronto: The Go Green multisport “field of dreams” at Valley Park Middle School, TorontoÂ was officially opened on June 4, 2015 with various activities, includingÂ a cricket match, a baseball clinic and a basketball skills and development clinic.
The ground opening events, speeches and presentations by dignitaries and major sponsors crowned a 2010 dream to create a multi-sport facility to serve the Thorncliffe and Flemingdon ParkÂ communities.Â The dreamÂ became a reality thanks to the work ofÂ Go Green project co-chairs Nikolas Stefanoff and Lisa Grogan-Green who gained support from many partners and sponsors in theÂ Toronto community.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke of the local area as havingÂ one of the most diverseÂ mix ofÂ peopleÂ in Toronto and Canada. The Premier was one of several dignitaries and representativesÂ from major project sponsors who spoke during the opening ceremonies which culminated in ribbon cutting at the new cricket pitch and the singing of “O Canada”.
The “Grand Opening Cricket Match” featured the Go Green Blazing Bats against Toronto Police Cricket Club.Â TheÂ Blazing Bats struck 208 runs for the loss of six wickets from 20 overs.Â Ansar Khan top-scored with 77 runs and opener Ahmed Jamil hit 44.Â An opening stand of 121 fromÂ Alfred Godwin (62 runs) and Asad Khan (42)Â setÂ Toronto Police onÂ course forÂ victory.Â Â The win came when the Police reached 209 for four wickets after 18.5 overs.
The Go Green sportsÂ field can accommodate two soccer pitches, when not being used for cricket or baseball, and includes an amphitheatre.Â The overall project has cost about $1.55 million.Â Outdoor sports lights, which cost an additionalÂ $400,000 await installation.Â Go Green summer camps are scheduled for seven weeks starting on July 6.