City Secures $1.125 Million to Rename the Recreation Complex

Posted on Wednesday August 21, 2019

The City of Pickering will be formally introducing the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex on August 26th.  This $1.125 million, 15-year agreement represents the first naming rights deal in Pickering’s history, and will help usher in a new era for this landmark building.

Who: Mayor Ryan and Members of Council, and Chestnut Hill Developments Executives

What: Naming Rights Announcement and Photo Opportunity

Where: Front Entrance, 1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering L1V 6K7 (parking is available on site)

When: Monday August 26, 2:00 pm

The Recreation Complex has served Pickering residents for 37 years and the naming rights agreement will help facilitate the dramatic renovation of the facility’s main concourse, service counters, related security and accessibility features, change rooms, and main entrance exterior. It should be noted that the City is simply renaming the Recreation Complex. It is not selling the facility itself, nor the operations or assets within. There won’t be an impact on programming or service delivery.

“We are thrilled to have Chestnut Hill Developments proudly represent this iconic building, in the heart of Pickering’s City Centre,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “Together, we will continue to build community, and support health, wellness and recreation as an integral part of family living.”

“Since 1987 Chestnut Hill Developments has planned and developed communities in Pickering,” said Ralph Del Duca, President, Chestnut Hill Developments. “We have been fortunate to be part of the City’s tremendous growth and applaud the vision of the members of council and Pickering’s residents. On this special occasion, we want to say thank you to the community and express our gratitude in being able to contribute to the excitement happening in the City of Pickering. We are proud to have been a part of your past and look forward to being part of your future for decades to come.”

The City consistently strives to provide quality events, programs, facilities, and services to its residents while being mindful of how it spends property tax dollars - its main source of revenue. Naming rights agreements and sponsorships can provide the City with alternative funding sources to enhance the quality of life for those who live here. By partnering with progressive and like-minded corporate partners, the City can provide greater value to residents while holding the line on taxes. 

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Additional Details 

To mark the occasion, the new Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex will be open to the public for a free afternoon and evening swim, along with free fitness classes after 6:00 pm, on August 26th.

Free Swimming: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free Fitness Classes (must be 13+):

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Pound

6:00 pm - 6:50 pm  Total Muscle Challenge

6:00 pm - 6:50 pm  Yoga - Hatha advanced

7:00 pm - 7:50 pm  Zumba

7:00 pm - 7:50 pm  Pilates

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm  Yoga - Hatha basic


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:

Mark Guinto
Manager, Public Affairs & Corporate Communications | Office of the Mayor
905.420.4660 ext. 2013  |  1.866.683.2760