Today, Mayor Matt Brown, joined by members of Council and members of the community, gathered for the ceremonial ground breaking for the future East Community Centre at East Lions Park.
The new 42,000 square foot community centre, set to open in early 2019, will feature indoor leisure and lap pools, gymnasium, multi-purpose activity space, community kitchen and Artisan space, becoming a destination community hub for the east area of the city. Once completed, Londoners of all ages will be able to come together and build relationships, learn new skills, and enjoy the benefits of recreation all within a beautiful and modern space in their community.
“East London neighbourhoods will soon have a fantastic new community hub. Long overdue investments at sites like these allow families to play, learn and grow close to home,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “We are building relationships, making connections and fostering a great quality of life.”
“The City is very excited to be celebrating the start of this project that will transform the entire East Lions Park space over the next 2 years,” said Scott Stafford, Managing Director, Parks and Recreation. “This new community centre will be home for generations of families that will learn to swim and play together in a modern, accessible space.”
East Lions Park was selected as the site for East Community Centre following extensive public engagement and evaluation. Centrally located in the Argyle neighbourhood, the location has excellent public transit and is easily accessible by surrounding communities. The large size of the park provides an opportunity to integrate the building with the park and form a connected experience while preserving as much of the park space as possible.
The East Community Centre supports the City’s strategic area of focus of providing amazing arts, culture, and recreation experiences through the investment in new parks and recreation facilities and the pursuit of innovative models for programs and service delivery.
Construction will begin with the demolition of the existing building, outdoor pool and tennis courts this month. Construction progress updates will be available at london.ca/EastCC.