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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Centennial Park to host Pan Am Games in 2015

The archery venue for the 2015 Pan Am Games has been moved from E. T. Seton Park (home of the Toronto Public Archery Range) to Centennial Park in the west end of Toronto.

The location is so far west it isn't really in Toronto. It is in Etobicoke, which been named one of seven "core destinations" for sporting events at the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

Ian Troop, CEO of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015), on Friday, May 11 that the Etobicoke Pan Am Complex will see Centennial Park serve as the site of the BMX cycling and archery events, while the bowling competition will be held 'nearby.'

However the new archery range will only be temporary. After the 2015 games it will be dismantled.

The BMX site however will be permanent, despite protests from locals who are against the proposed $15-million, seven-acre BMX facility in the northern edge of the 500-acre park, near what's known as Toboggan Hill, becoming a permanent feature of the park.

But that you see is a huge difference in setup.

A BMX track is tarmac. Once that $15 million is spent and the place is finished, it would be a fundamental huge waste of money to rip up a BMX track and remove it entirely. It can't just be picked up and moved to another location. Its pavement. Once it goes in it would be silly to remove it.

In contrast an archery range is really just a line in the grass and targets plunked down 90 yards away. An archery range can be built almost anywhere... including an empty parking lot... and just as easily removed the very next day.

And an archery range can be built relatively cheaply. The only real cost is from maintenance of the target butts and mowing the grass once per week.

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