Plans to improve the indoor training facilities at the Toronto Track and Field Centre are up and running again.
A request for general contractors to bid on the project went out last week. It calls for substantial completion by March 2016.
Cheers rang out Monday when the Toronto Star told coaches Anthony McCleary and Desai Williams that expansion plans for the facility were going ahead.
“It’s something to really look forward to now,” McCleary said. “We’ve been waiting a long time to put in a proper high performance space.”
The team was heartbroken when plans were shelved last fall, he added.
“We were hoping it would be done this year, moving in to Rio. But we’ll take we get right now.”
Sprinter Dontae Richards-Kwok will be happy to train at home when the facility is up and running.
“It will be great, especially coming from what we’re working with now,” he said.
“And for the younger kids, it will make things a lot easier for them too.”
The project is “a unique one,” said Allen Vansen, the executive in charge of venues at the TO2015 organizing committee, as it kicks off after the Games wrap up.
Regardless, he said organizers are excited to be moving ahead after resolving lease agreements between the university, the city, and Athletics Canada.
“This is a huge legacy for Athletics Canada and our athletes. The ability to do that is pretty special and we’re excited to be able to deliver it.”