The Corporation of The City of London
August 22, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Site selected for new east London recreation facility
East Lions Park has been identified and approved by City Council as one of
two sites for a new multi-purpose recreation centre to be built in 2018. This
first centre will be a modern full service facility with an indoor pool,
gymnasium and community centre that replaces the existing outdoor pool and
considers the needs of the existing users of the East Lions Artisan Centre. This
facility will serve as both a neighbourhood gathering place/community hub as
well as serve the broader district of East and Southeast London.
The City identified the need for a community centre, indoor pool, gymnasium and
arena in the east/southeast part of the city through the development of the Park
and Recreation Strategic Master Plan. A community engagement process was
developed involving residents and stakeholders in the early stages of the
initial siting project. That process helped identify and understand area
interests, site selection criteria and the key anchor components of a two site
solution to meet community needs.
“I am extremely excited to announce the site has been approved. This is great
news and long awaited for residents of east London,” said Ward 2 Councillor Bill
Armstrong. “We now look forward to developing conceptual plans that will be
shared with the community for input that incorporates an amazing new community
recreation centre into the picturesque park setting that can serve the Argyle
and broader community for many years to come.”
“This project creates a tremendous opportunity to rejuvenate the park and its
facilities while adding much needed and exciting year round uses,” said Bill
Coxhead, Managing Director of Parks and Recreation.
This 17 million dollar project is included in the City’s 10 year capital plan
and construction is expected to commence in 2018. Conceptual design work and
reengagement of the community will likely commence in 2016.
The site selection process continues with respect to the second arena anchored
recreation centre in the East on the south side of the Thames River.