Today, representatives from the City of London, YMCA of Southwestern Ontario and the London Public Library gathered to celebrate the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Bostwick Community Centre, YMCA and Library.
Located on a 4.5 hectare (11 acre) site at 501 Southdale Road, this new facility includes a community centre with multi-purpose community space, indoor pool and gymnasium, double pad ice arena, community kitchen, Service London counter, YMCA fitness facility and a London Public Library branch.
Designed as space for Londoners of all ages and abilities, the building also includes public space made up of a grand staircase, an accessible outdoor play structure, a variety of seating options, electronic charging stations and a public (no fee) indoor two-lane 200-metre walking loop overlooking the north ice rink.
“This facility is a result of so many partners working together. In turn, it will bring Londoners together and help us build a strong sense of community,” says Mayor Matt Brown. “A sincere thank you to everyone who helped make this a reality for London.”
“The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario is excited and proud to partner once again with the City of London and the London Public Library,” says Andrew Lockie, CEO, YMCA of Southwestern Ontario. “Together we can do so much more than we could on our own.”
“London Public Library is excited to be able to provide a space for our community that forges stronger social connections, that makes it easy and fun for those of every age and ability to stay healthy and to learn new things and that inspires and enriches our lives,” says Susanna Hubbard Krimmer, CEO & Chief Librarian, London Public Library. “This has been a very collaborative process that builds on the success of previous facility and programming partnerships between the City of London, the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario and London Public Library. Together we can make a huge difference.”
The facility, designed by MJMA Architects with local firm A+Link, meets LEED design standards and exceeds current energy efficiency requirements. All major spaces feature natural daylight, with most areas functioning during the daytime with little or no artificial light. Environmental features also include rainwater in the parking lot stored and treated onsite by filtering through organic bioswales. Waste heat generated by the rink refrigeration process is recycled to preheat hot water for showers and to provide in-floor heating.
Over $55 million was invested by the City of London, YMCA and Library in this collaborative joint venture, representing the largest municipal building investment in London’s history. The partners were inspired by the success of the Stoney Creek Community Centre, YMCA and Library, which serves as a model for municipal-community partnerships across Canada.
Experience what the Bostwick Community Centre, YMCA and Library has to offer:
City of London Spectrum programs: london.ca/spectrum
YMCA membership information: https://bostwick2018.ca
London Public Library programs and resources: www.lpl.ca/locations/bostwick