Valley Park Go Green Sports Facility Opens

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Toronto: The Go Green multisport “field of dreams” at Valley Park Middle School, Toronto was officially opened on June 4, 2015 with various activities, including 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 Park communities. The dream became a reality thanks to the work of Go Green project co-chairs Nikolas Stefanoff and Lisa Grogan-Green who gained support from many partners and sponsors in the Toronto community.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke of the local area as having one of the most diverse mix of people in Toronto and Canada. The Premier was one of several dignitaries and representatives 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. The Blazing Bats struck 208 runs for the loss of six wickets from 20 overs. Ansar Khan top-scored with 77 runs and opener Ahmed Jamil hit 44. An opening stand of 121 from Alfred Godwin (62 runs) and Asad Khan (42) set Toronto Police on course for victory.  The win came when the Police reached 209 for four wickets after 18.5 overs.

The Go Green sports field can accommodate two soccer pitches, when not being used for cricket or baseball, and includes an amphitheatre. The overall project has cost about $1.55 million. Outdoor sports lights, which cost an additional $400,000 await installation. Go Green summer camps are scheduled for seven weeks starting on July 6.