The results are in! Residents from every neighbourhood of the city have participated in London’s first city-wide Neighbourhood Decision Making (NDM) program. More than 4,900 Londoners helped decide what neighbourhood enhancement projects will be funded by voting online (3,700) or at their local library branch (1,200) on Saturday, November 18.
“This is a great way for the City of London to connect with neighbourhoods and learn about individual needs,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “We’ve had a great response and I’m looking forward to this continued collaboration as we build the city we want for our children and grandchildren.”
A total of $250,000 was available, with the city divided into five geographic areas, each area receiving $50,000 for projects to help make London’s many great neighbourhoods even better.
|Ninja Warrior Course in Medway||Medway||$50,000|
|Outdoor Ice Rink in Forest Hill Park||Stoney Creek||$2,300|
|Cedar Hollow Park Improvements||Cedar Hollow||$30,000|
|Stoney Creek Nature Trails||Stoney Creek||$17,700|
|Clay Mosaics along Dundas St. in Old East Village||Old East Village||$15,000|
|Planting Fruit Trees near Community Gardens||Multiple||$4,000|
|Outdoor Piano in Market Lane||Downtown||$1,000|
|Community Garden and Gathering Space at St. Andrew's United Church||Woordfield||$30,000|
|Outdoor Education Centre at Byron Northview Public School||Byron||$30,000|
|Outdoor Ice Pad in Jorgenson Park||Byron||$6,000|
|Save the Bee Pollinator Garden Byron||Byron||$3,000|
|South London Canada Day||White Oaks||$11,000|
|Natural Landscape Playground - Kiwanis Park||Argyle||$35,000|
|Community Movie Theatre||Glen Cairn||$15,000|
Residents were invited to submit ideas for their neighbourhoods from September to October 27. Over 300 ideas were submitted with 148 making it onto the ballot after feasibility review by City staff. All 14 projects will be implemented over the next year.
“We were so happy to see that over 4,900 Londoners turned out to vote,” said Lynne Livingstone, Managing Director of Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services. “A special thank you to all residents who took the time to submit creative ideas to make their neighbourhoods great.”
Neighbourhood Decision making is a key component in creating vibrant, connected and engaged neighbourhoods as outlined in Council’s strategic plan.