Artist needed at Beaches Rec

The Beaches Recreation Centre is calling on everyone with a flair for art and graphic design to take part in its Logo Design Contest. If the final selection is made in time, runners and walkers in this year’s Beaches Spring Sprint will be sporting the new design on their official T-shirts.

Centre Director Frank Domagala said the contest was proposed by Liana Lee, a Recreation Assistant student from Centennial College, who thought this would be a good way to give the centre a fresh new look and engage the community at the same time.

“The Rec Centre and the surrounding neighbourhood have such a unique character to them which you will not always find in every ward,” said Lee. “Who better is there to create something representational of what the neighbourhood has to offer than the people in it themselves?”

Lee explained that placement students are encouraged to find a way to leave their mark on the organizations they visit, and her interest in art led her to this particular idea. The request went to the Beaches Rec Advisory Committee who approved going ahead with it.

Anyone is eligible to take part but, as with every contest, there are a few rules. Submissions must be the original work of the artist and not traced or copied from another artist’s work. Entries may be hand-drawn or digital, and participants may enter as often as they wish. The artwork may be in full colour, but the final winning logo design will be reprinted in one colour.

School classes are encouraged to take part, with the winning class receiving posters and a pizza party.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m., and the winning logo will be announced soon after. Email your design, in PNG, JPG, or PDF format, to, the Beaches Rec Centre – Advisory Council page on Facebook, or hand deliver to the Rec Centre’s front desk at 6 Williamson Road.

“What I really hope will come out of the chosen design would be something that represents either the Beaches area or the Recreation Centre,” said Lee.

Watch for the new logo to sprint down the boardwalk on Saturday, April 11.

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