The Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre is located at 656 Elizabeth Street.

Hours of operation 

This community centre is open for recreation programming and rentals. Hours of operation vary day to day. For questions about programs and hours please call 519-661-5575 or email

Recreation customer service hours

  • Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Shaedon Sharpe free basketball drop-in program

The Shaedon Sharpe Drop-In Basketball Program offers youth in London the opportunity to participate in free, weekly basketball sessions at Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre. 

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Registered programs

Check our Play Your Way website to register and pay for programs that take place at Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre. 

Cancellations and closures

Check our cancellation page to ensure your program is running as scheduled.


The Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre is a multipurpose facility featuring gymnasiums, meeting rooms, a swimming pool, fitness centre and aerobics studio.  The community centre is ideal for large or small, public or private group gatherings, including meetings, birthday parties, special events, tournaments, receptions and training events.   

The basketball court outside of Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre will be upgraded to a multi-use pad, which can be used for activities including road hockey and basketball in the summer and for ice skating and hockey in the winter. The ice rink will operate under the City’s Neighbourhood-Managed Ice Rink program and be dependent on community volunteers to operate. Learn more.

Indoor pool

This facility includes a 25-metre, 6-lane pool and a climbing wall. It also includes a change table with a lift, an electric pool lift, stair entry and a universal change room. Program offerings include recreational swims, lane swims and aquafit classes, swim lessons and aquatic leadership programs.

Visit our aquatics page to find information related to Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre's indoor pool. 


The double gymnasium has a hardwood sprung floor, two electronic scoreboards, divides in half and in thirds using drop down canvas curtains, bleacher seating and is complete with four team change rooms with showers.

Other amenities include:

  • NCAA standard size court
  • Hardwood sprung floor
  • Two electronic scoreboards
  • Dividable in half or thirds with canvas curtain
  • Half or full rental
  • Basketball: one full court or two half courts, four practice nets
  • All nets with glass backboards
  • Badminton: eight courts
  • Volleyball: three full courts
  • Floor hockey: two metal nets, one set of 12 hockey sticks
Weight room

The weight room is open for a fee to anyone aged 16 and up. 

The weight room is open seven days a week, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The weight room is also open outside of these hours while other public events are taking place in the Community Centre.  Hours may be flexible based on programming in the facility. Hours are subject to change, not including statutory holidays. 

Amenities include cardio equipment (treadmills, elliptical and exercise bike), strength equipment (free weights and universal machines) and stretch and core equipment. 

Weight room fees (plus HST)

PassesAdult (18+)Senior (55+)Youth (13-17)
Three months admission$111.70$91.40$86.30
Six months admission$223.40$182.80$172.60
One year admission$446.80$365.60$345.30
Meeting room 
  • Tables and chairs
  • Dividable
  • Kitchen access
  • Video screens
  • White board
Conference room
  • Ideal for small group gatherings and private meetings.
Aerobics room
  • Perfect for exercise classes
  • Hardwood floors
  • Four large wall mirrors
  • Supplied with aerobics steps and gymnastic mats
  • Counter space
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator with freezer
  • Double sink/single sink
  • Stove top and oven
Wolseley skateboard park

This skateboard park has features suitable for all levels of skaters. Features include a replica pool, rollers, a 9-stair set with rails, 2 flat and 3 double stair sets with rails, floating kickers, a quarter pipe to bank and step up combination, a bank to the floating ledge and a 30-brick euro hip.

Visit our skateboard parks page to learn more about skateboard parks in the city.


Visit our rentals page to learn more about renting a Community Centre space. For more information on rental booking, pricing and for recommended room capacities, call 519-661-5575 or email

Last modified:Monday, April 08, 2024