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GFL Environmental newest naming sponsor at Canada Games Park

Canada Games Park partners are thrilled to announce GFL Environmental as the newest naming sponsor at the new Canada Games Park (CGP).  Headquartered in Vaughan, Ontario, GFL Environmental is the fourth largest diversified environmental services company in North America, providing a comprehensive line of solid waste management, liquid waste management, and soil remediation services across Canada and more than half of the U.S. states.

This latest announcement includes a number of naming sponsorships for GFL Environmental including the new internationally-certified outdoor track and field centre, which will now be known as the GFL Environmental International Track and Field Centre. This new state-of-the-art centre consists of a 400m track as well as a grass in-field that offers a wide range of disciplines such as sprint-middle-long distance running, high jump, hurdles and throwing events.

It is one of the finest outdoor track and field centres not only in Canada but also around the world. Following the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, the GFL Environmental International Track and Field Centre will be able to host high-level competitions and championships such as the Pan Am Trials, Olympic Trials and World Championships.

In addition to the track and field centre, one of two ice pads located inside the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre will be now known as the GFL Environmental Arena. This new 200-seat arena is complete with six change rooms and will be used by box lacrosse leagues, hockey leagues and family recreation programming. The ice pad has been constructed below the surrounding floor level so that spectators in wheelchairs can easily watch the action without their view being obstructed by the boards.

Additional GFL Environmental naming sponsorships at CGP include:

  • ​GFL Environmental Bike Centre – The GFL Environmental Bike Centre will provide self-serve repair stations and maps of the Niagara Escarpment trails. It will also serve as a staging area for cyclists interested in accessing the Niagara Escarpment and the many trails and mountain bike courses. 
  • GFL Environmental Bike Racks – The new GFL Environmental Bike Racks are located outside the north and south entrance of the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre.
  • GFL Environmental Parking Lot – The GFL Environmental Parking Lot is accessible from Sir Isaac Brock Way and Merrittville Highway and can accommodate approximately 170 vehicles, including electric vehicle charging stations.
  • GFL Environmental South Entrance – The GFL Environmental Entrance is on the south end of the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre (closest to the parking lot) and is one of the primary entrances to the facility.
  • GFL Environmental Landscaping and Streetscaping – The GFL Environmental Landscaping and Streetscape is the vegetated landscape buffer (i.e. trees, planters, benches, etc.) that protects the surrounding wetlands from run off. These exterior gathering areas, circulation routes and streetscapes will cultivate a diversity of spaces inspired by the surrounding city and the Niagara Escarpment’s rich natural heritage.

GFL Environmental will also act as CPG’s primary waste services provider, managing large-scale waste disposal and recycling needs that support the venue’s sustainability goals.

From Aug. 6 to 21, 2022, the Canada Games will be held in Niagara. The Games are held every two years and are designed to bring together thousands of up-and-coming Canadian athletes who will compete for the right to be a national champion. In support of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, a new state-of-the-art facility called CGP was built to support the activities of the Games.

CGP is located at the corner of Merrittville Highway and Sir Isaac Brock Way in Thorold, Ontario, and will be the main venue for a majority of the competitions throughout the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, which were delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the 2022 Games, CGP will be a legacy for the community and provide opportunities for accessible recreation, cultural events and endless activities for decades to come.

Niagara Region, along with the City of St. Catharines, the City of Thorold and Brock University, formed a long-term agreement and a Consortium to manage and operate CGP following the 2022 Canada Summer Games. Additional funding for CGP was provided by Government of Canada and Government of Ontario.

Visit the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games website for more information.

Quotes

"The development of Canada Games Park gives business leaders the ability to showcase their corporate pride by partnering with the Consortium and financially contributing to the long-term sustainability of this Park. We are excited to partner with GFL Environmental not only on this naming sponsorship but also with the ongoing waste management services for Canada Games Park. With support from sponsors like GFL Environmental, we can uphold our commitment to the health and well-being of Niagara residents and businesses."
~ Regional Chair, Jim Bradley
"GFL Environmental’s significant contribution to the Canada Games Park further strengthens the financial sustainability of the community-owned state the art complex. Without amazing corporate partners like GFL, we would not have been able to truly create a facility that is one of the best in Canada. Thank you to the GFL team for being part of a transformative project for all of Niagara."
~ Mayor Walter Sendzik, City of St. Catharines
"When we embarked on our journey to bring a world class legacy sports facility to Niagara, we knew that the financial support of our future partners would be critical. I cannot express enough, our tremendous gratitude to GFL and, in particular to Patrick Dovigi, for the incredible support they have provided to this legacy facility. GFL has clearly shown their commitment to the Niagara region."
~ Gary Comerford, Immediate Past Chair, Brock University
"GFL is very excited to partner with Niagara Region as a naming sponsor at the Canada Games Park. GFL is proud to show our support of local athletes by sponsoring state-of-the-art facilities like the GFL Environmental International Track and Field Centre where local athletes can train before, during and long after the Games."
~ Patrick Dovigi, Founder and CEO, GFL Environmental

Media Inquiries

Janine Tessmer
Niagara Region
905-401-4882
janine.tessmer@niagararegion.ca


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