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Parks and Recreation Master Plan


Your input is important! Be part of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan process.

The City of London offers high quality parks, recreation programs, sport services and facilities that engage citizens of all ages and abilities. We are undertaking a study to ensure that our services continue to respond to the community, now and into the future.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan provides an overall vision and direction for making decisions. The Master Plan is a living document that is based on public input, participation trends, utilization levels, best practices, demographic changes and growth forecasts. It will guide the City’s investment in parks, recreation programs, sport services and facilities over the next ten years and beyond.

Through the update process, we want to know more about how you use London’s parks, recreation programs, sport services and facilities. This is your chance to influence how we deliver recreation programs, design parks and build facilities.

Help us plan for the next 10 years and tell us what recreation, parks, and sport services mean to you! Complete the community survey!

 

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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:

    • Southwest Community Centre, YMCA and Library (Opening September 2018) Community centre, double pad arena, walking loop, public library, YMCA - including a fitness centre, gymnasium, indoor pool, activity space.
    • East Community Centre (Opening in 2019) – indoor pool, gymnasium, community rooms, artisan space
    • Neighbourhood Decision Making
    • London Strengthening Neighbourhood Strategy
    • Age Friendly London Action Plan
    • One River Environmental Assessment
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