The last long weekend of the summer is upon us. While there’s still a few more weeks of summer left on the calendar, Labour Day weekend marks the unofficial end to summer.
Whether you’re finishing off the last of your summer bucket list or you’re getting the kids ready to head back to school, here’s what you need to know ahead of the long weekend in London.
Things to Know
Navigating the City
Following the Labour Day long weekend, London experiences a 15% increase in traffic volume across the city which includes road users who may be less familiar the area. The City is reminding all road users to stay alert for more buses and more pedestrians, motorists and cyclists using our roads. Londoners are encouraged to adjust their schedules to allow more time to get where they’re going, especially when travelling to our core area during the month of September.
If you’re heading downtown, check the City’s core area map to understand how to avoid the road blocks. Those who normally travel through our downtown, are encouraged to seek alternate routes as a result of this spike in traffic volume and ongoing construction.
Drivers are reminded to download the Waze navigation app for the most accurate local road closure information. Those who are walking are reminded to stay alert in construction zones, keep an eye out for moving equipment and obey all construction signs. London Transit users can go to realtime.londontransit.ca or use Google Maps for specific route information. Bus routes 4, 6 & 15 continue to be impacted by core construction remain on detour.
Remaining Road Closures
Construction will continue in these areas during the first week of September:
- Dundas Street will remain closed to vehicles, bikes and buses between Wellington Street and Richmond Street.Market Lane remains closed to pedestrians.
- Clarence Street will remain closed remain closed to through traffic between Queens Ave and King Street.
- The intersection of York Street and Richmond Street will remain closed to vehicles, bikes and buses.
- York Street remains under construction from Ridout Street to Richmond Street. Local traffic only.
- Talbot Street between King Street and York Street remains partially closed, with no access to Talbot Street off of King Street. Access to local businesses/parking off of York Street only.
- Lane restrictions will be ongoing at the intersection of Oxford Street and Talbot Street.
Overnight Parking Restriction Comes Back into Effect
Starting Monday, September 2, overnight parking restriction comes back into effect and residents and visitors will be required to register their vehicle to park overnight on most City streets as part of the overnight parking program. A maximum of 15 free passes may be issued per vehicle license plate, and can be obtained online, by phone at 519-661-4537, or in person at the Parking Services Office, 824 Dundas Street. Overnight parking passes are required between Labour Day until Victoria Day, at which time the overnight parking restriction is lifted.
City of London Office Closures
City Services will be closed on Monday, September 2, including the services offered at the following locations:
- City Hall, 300 Dufferin Avenue
- Citi Plaza, 355 Wellington Street, 2nd Floor
- Provincial Offences Office, 824 Dundas Street
- Environmental and Parks Planning, 267 Dundas Street
- Planning Division, 204/206 Dundas Street
All City of London offices will reopen for business at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3.
Things to Do
Last Chance to Enjoy a Spray Pad or Outdoor Pool This Season
As the weather begins to cool, the City’s spray pads and pools begin winding down hours of operation and closing for another season. While most of the City’s outdoor pools are closed for the season, Stronach Pool and Thames Pool are open until Sunday, September 1. Spray pads remain open until Monday, September 2 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Find one nearby and plan your last visit this season.
Grab a Selfie with a #CatchBasin
If you’re out at Ivey or Springbank Park this long weekend, check out our recently painted catchbasins, thanks to talented local artists. Six catchbasins across the City have been selected as sites for public art in 2019. There are three in Ivey Park and remaining three are located in Springbank Park and in the parking lots of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre and the Lambeth Arena. Grab a selfie with a catchbasin and share it with us on social media using hashtag #CatchBasin for a chance to win a prize.
Get Active at a Community Centre
The following community centres are open with special holiday hours and free programming on Monday, September 2.
- Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
- Pickleball – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Drop-in Basketball - 1 - 4 p.m.
- South London Community Centre (open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
- Family Open Gym - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Stronach Community Recreation Centre (open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
- Try It Out Badminton - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Try It Out Basketball - 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Bostwick Community Centre, YMCA and Library (open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
- Stoney Creek Community Centre, YMCA and Library (open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
All other community centres are closed on Monday, September 2.