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.