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The newly renovated High Park Club celebrated its official opening on April 29, 2011, in Toronto, Ontario. This ceremony marked the completion of work to modernize a historic Toronto landmark. On this day the curling club also competed in the final championship of its season.

The renovated building currently serves over 1,000 people and is home to one of Toronto’s oldest curling clubs. It also houses tennis courts and community rooms for banquets and weddings.

"Our building is a hundred years old and much of its infrastructure was long past the replacement point," said Al White, Heritage Representative on the club’s board. " The RInC/Ontario REC program has made it possible for us to modernize these systems and as a result the club should be able to continue to serve this community for many years to come."

Work on this project included a number of upgrades to the building for energy efficiency, accessibility and improved community access. New features include a new women’s locker room; wheelchair-friendly family washrooms; and new energy-efficient windows and doors.

According to White, the building’s energy usage has decreased by approximately 35 per cent.

"Refurbishing and modernizing ageing recreational infrastructures, keeping people working, reducing energy consumption as well as green house gases, these were all part of the goals of the RInC/Ontario REC program and as a taxpayer it's satisfying to see these goals being met," said White.

The governments of Canada and Ontario each contributed $296,000 to the project, while the High Park Club contributed the balance of the total project costs of $987,000.