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Parks and Recreation Master Plan


The City of London offers high quality parks, recreation programs, sport services, and facilities that engage residents of all ages and abilities. An Update to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan in 2018/19 was undertaken to ensure that our services continue to respond to the community, now and in the future.

The 2019 Parks and Recreation Master Plan provides an overall vision, direction, and guidance for planning and making decisions about parks, recreation programs, sport services, and facilities. It is informed by public input and is aligned to local, provincial, and national policies, strategies, best practices, trends, demographics, and growth forecasts. The Master Plan has a timeframe of ten years (2019 to 2028) and includes a longer-term outlook for major capital projects to 2039.

The Plan identifies broad needs and strategies and contains a series of recommendations that will assist the City and the community to achieve the vision and goals. The recommendations build upon the strong core of services currently provided by the City.

Full implementation of the Plan will require ongoing community engagement, flexibility in approach, partnerships, and funding from a variety of sources. It will guide the work of several service areas including: Parks and Recreation, Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services, Planning Services, and Finance and Corporate Services - Facilities Design and Construction. The Plan was last updated in 2009, with an interim update in 2017.

City of London Parks and Recreation Master Plan adopted by Municipal Council on June 25, 2019

Sections 1 to 3 - INTRODUCTION, MASTER PLAN BUILDING BLOCKS STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK

Section 4 - ACTIVE LIVING

Section 5 - INCLUSION AND ACCESS

Section 6 - CONNECTING PEOPLE AND NATURE

Section 7 - SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENTS

Section 8 - RECREATION CAPACITY

Section 9 - IMPLEMENTATION AND FINANCIAL PLANNING

Appendices - FACILITY MAPPING, PARTNERSHIPS AND APPROACHES TO EVALUATION

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is a Parks and Recreation Master Plan?

    The Parks and Recreation Master Plan provides an overall vision, direction, and guidance for making decisions about recreation, parks and sport services programming, facilities, and infrastructure such as parks, civic spaces and recreation facilities. The Plan will be based on goals and objectives that support recommendations for Council and the community to achieve over time.

     

  • What does the City of London provide through Parks and Recreation?

    Recreation Programming: Spectrum Programs include affordable, accessible and equitable opportunities for you and your family to try new activities.

    Facilities: Recreation programming is available throughout the city at a variety of facilities including: arenas, community centres, pools, libraries, golf courses, community sites, schools, as well as speciality parks and attractions.

    Investment in the Community: The Parks and Recreation Master Plan is your opportunity to help shape how we deliver recreation programs, design parks, and build facilities.

     

  • What were key accomplishments from past Master Plans?

    Our first Parks and Recreation Master Plan was approved by City Council in 2003, updated in 2009 and supplemented by an Interim Update in January 2017. The 2009 Master Plan provided an excellent framework that continues to guide day to day operations. Since then, we've completed multiple projects and initiatives to enhance the value of parks and recreation in our community.

    • 2 new centres built - Stoney Creek Community Centre, YMCA and Library and the Springbank Community Centre
    • Funding to support new community centre constructions projects (Southwest and East) and many lifecycle renewal projects at existing facilities
    • Supported the development of the Age Friendly London Action Plan
    • Accessibility improvements to community centres, parks and amenities
    • London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy and Neighbourhood Decision Making initiative
    • Supported over 200 special events per year
    • Supported the development of the BMO Centre by London Optimist Sports Centre
    • Major lifecycle renewal projects at city pools
    • 4 new spray pads constructed
    • 260 hectares of land added to the parkland inventory
    • New artificial turf fields created
    • 4 new skateboard parks
    • 40 km of new recreation pathways constructed, 60 km of hiking only trails, 7.5 km of new multiuse pathways, 11 km of Thames Valley Parkway improved

     

  • What is the City currently working on?

    We're committed to improving access to programs and supporting residents through participation in recreation, parks and sport services. Some ongoing initiatives include:

    • East Community Centre – indoor pool, gymnasium, community rooms, artisan space
    • Neighbourhood Decision Making
    • London Strengthening Neighbourhood Strategy
    • Age Friendly London Action Plan
    • Killaly Fields Sports Park
    • East Lions Park Redevelopment
    • Updated Facility Accessibility Design Standards (FADS)
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