Built in 1898, the Normal School provided teachers’ training from 1900 to 1956. The school building and yard was given heritage designation in 1985 by the Ontario Heritage Trust. The intent of the designation is to conserve the aesthetic and scenic character and condition of the building and its exterior.
The City of London purchased the building and land in 2014 and was encumbered with the heritage easement. The City cannot make any changes to the heritage features of the site without written approval of the Trust.
In 2016 and 2017, the City launched an on-line survey, held various public meetings and attended events, inviting members of the Old South Community to weigh in on visions for the open space.
City staff have taken the feedback from the community and developed a conceptual plan for the park.
Construction will commence in the fall of 2018. For more information please contact Lisa McNiven.