Neighbourhood Decision Making Winning Ideas Announced
The results are in! Residents from every neighbourhood of the city have participated in London’s city-wide 2019 Neighbourhood Decision Making (NDM) program. More than 10,300 Londoners cast more than 20,600 votes to help decide what neighbourhood enhancement projects will be funded by voting online (8,372), or at their local library branch (1,990), on Saturday, November 9.
“It’s amazing that residents all over London can be a part of our process to decide where funding goes,” said Mayor Ed Holder. “We’ve seen Londoners of all ages get creative with the Neighbourhood Decision Making program, and we’re really looking forward to see these winning projects come to life.”
A total of $250,000 was available, with the city divided into five geographic areas, each area receiving $50,000 for projects to help make London’s many great neighbourhoods even better.
- Outdoor Learning Space for Masonville Public School; Masonville; $30,000
- Outdoor Ice Rink in Vista Woods Park; Fox Hollow; $2,000
- Ambleside Park Playground Addition; Masonville; $15,000
- Rights and Responsibilities of Newcomers; Medway; $3,000
- Basketball Court Upgrades at Northbrae Public School; Carling; $30,000
- Stoney Creek Pollinator Garden; Stoneybrook; $8,100
- Skating Rink at Dalkeith Park; Stoneybrook; $2,500
- Barn Swallow Nesting Structure in Stoney Creek Watershed; Stoney Creek; $9,400
- Urban Beehives and Community Apiary Project; East London; $9,000
- Ice Rinks in Gibbons Park; North London; $6,000
- Belonging – Richmond Underpass Community Mural; Central London; $30,000
- London’s Free Fruit – Creating a Culture of Sharing!; Central London; $5,000
- Playground Equipment at Princess Anne French Immersion Public School; Argyle; $30,000
- Recreation Station and Snowshoeing in Westminster Ponds; Westminster; $14,624
- Butterfly Garden in Meadowgate Park; Jackson; $5,376
- Ice Rink at Grand View Park; Byron; $3,000
- Griffith Street Park Playground Addition; Byron; $15,000
- Bat Boxes in Greenway Park; Southcrest; $600
- Solar Panels at Civic Gardens; Westmount; $30,000
- Frisbee Golf in Ashley Oaks Park; White Oaks; $1,400
Residents were invited to submit ideas for their neighbourhoods from August 19 to September 24. This year, 216 ideas were submitted by residents, neighbourhood associations, student groups and Londoners. 104 project ideas made it onto the ballot, after feasibility review by City staff. All 20 winning projects will be implemented over the next year.
“I was so excited when I saw the results of this year’s vote day” says Cheryl Smith, Managing Director of Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services. “The growth in voter turnout over the last 3 years is a clear sign that Londoners want to be involved in making decisions for their neighbourhoods.”
Neighbourhood Decision Making is a key component in engaging Londoners to have a sense of belonging in their neighbourhoods and community as outlined in Council’s Strategic Plan.