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South London Community Centre Expansion


NEWS RELEASE:

City of London opens an expanded South London Community Centre during Canada Day celebrations

 

The City of London and community partners will unveiled the expanded South London Community Centre on July 1st, with a 17,000 square foot $6.5.million addition plus renovated space that will allow more and improved services to the public. The unveiling occurred during the Canada Day celebrations hosted by the Community Council White Oaks in partnership with the City.

 

The expansion and renovation project includes:

  • a state of the art relocated kitchen
  • a new Social Services office (formerly Ontario Works)
  • additional multipurpose space for recreation, meetings or community use
  • expanded space for the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre’s Settlement Services
  • outside a new plaza for community gatherings, with a ground spray system the shoots water up for children to play renovations to some of the existing community centre space.

 

The expansion will generate positive many impacts for the South London community:

  • expanded Spectrum programming
  • expanded gym and room available for community use or rentals
  • provide local access to a full suite of services provided by Social Services including Ontario Works and employment supports
  • more space that will help improve the delivery of services by the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre
  • an expanded, modern kitchen for use by Spectrum classes and community groups
  • a unique community gathering place for celebrations, engagement events and for kids to cool off in the summer.

 

This project, combined with other initiatives and facilities around White Oaks Park creates a campus of community services and programs offered by the City and area partners in one area. This will greatly improve the ability of families to receive service, and allow area service providers to collaborate and serve the needs of clients.

 

The area partners include the City (Parks and Recreation, Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services, Social Services), South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, London Public Library, Thames Valley District School Board, the Child and Youth Network. The sites include the South London Community Centre and Jalna Library Branch, the South London Pool, Family Centre White Oaks, and White Oaks Public School.

 

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  • Community Consultation

    The City of London thanks the many Londoners who were involved in the planning process of the new expansion. The plans for the building were created with the direct input of many hundreds of local residents.  An initial consultation in February 2011, attended by over 300 people discussed the objectives of the expansion and the impacts on existing services.  Residents shared their hopes for new services in the renovated space and offered input on changes required by the project.  For example, residents made it clear that the existing wading pool must be replaced by an alternative free outdoor water feature.

    A planning committee consisting of representatives of all the services in the building and a resident’s reference group consisting of local well connected residents vetted plans for the project over a period of months.

    A final public meeting attended by over 150 residents reviewed the final draft plans for the project and gave enthusiastic approval.  An opportunity for additional public comments was made available for several weeks subsequent to the meeting in the lobby of the Community Centre.

    We appreciate the input of so many residents that has resulted in such exciting plans.

  • What is the scope of the project?

    Throughout the 12 month construction period, there will be a significant addition built, as well as many upgrades.  The addition will feature many design innovations including energy efficient construction to help us serve our community better.   Work taking place during the project includes:

    • Construction of additional office space, multipurpose rooms, and childcare space
    • Interior courtyard will be built to allow for gathering space
    • New state of the art teaching kitchen
    • Enhancements of the gymnasium
    • Upgrades throughout the existing building, including the heating and cooling systems

    In addition to these aspects, external enhancements will be made:

    • Expansion of the parking lot
    • Removal of the current wading pool to accommodate the addition with replacement by an interactive water feature in an outdoor public plaza setting.
    • Improvements made to the landscaping

    These improvements will accommodate expanded Settlement Services, Ontario Works, and recreation opportunities for the community as well as creating great new public gathering spaces.

  • What will happen to the programs and services during construction?

    The construction will take about 1 year, and during this time we will experience minor disruptions throughout.  Near the end of the project in early spring 2015, portions of the building will need to be closed for upgrades.  We are hoping to limit cancellation of any programs and services to few or none, relying on our partners in the community to help us out for the short term disruption.  Some programs may be moved to other locations in the local area temporarily. 

    We regret the wading pool will be out of service for the summer of 2014 as construction will begin in July.  We expect the new water feature to open in July 2015.

    Information on construction project impacts will be made available to the specific groups affected, as well as posted appropriately on this page.

     

  • Will the public be updated as to the progress of the closure?

    Absolutely! We will be providing updates (and photos) on this website as work progresses.

  • Who can answer additional questions I may have?

    Please feel free to email us here and we would be happy to assist you with your questions.

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  • September, 2014

    The south end parking lot is nearly complete! This will increase parking by about 60 spaces while focus turn to the North end parking. When all is complete we will have increased parking by about 80 spaces!

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    The ground work is being laid for expansion, foundation is being poured and we should start to see the shape of the new expansion soon!

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  • Plans for South London Community Centre

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