The winning ideas are in! From Hamilton Road to Oakridge and Huron Heights to Lambeth, residents from every neighbourhood in London participated in the City of London’s 2022 Neighbourhood Decision Making program. Through this year’s program, Londoners cast 9,974 votes to decide what neighbourhood projects will receive funding to be brought to life. Votes were cast online from June 18 to the 25, and in-person and over the phone on June 25.
A total of $250,000 in funding was available from the City’s 2022 program. London was divided into five geographic areas as part of the voting process, and each of these areas will receive up to $50,000 for projects to help make the city’s many great neighbourhoods even better. Individual projects will receive up to $30,000 to be implemented.
“City staff are excited to start putting the winning ideas in motion over the next year, including playground upgrades, pollinator pathways, a community pantry, bike repair stations along the TVP and dog park improvements,” says Karen Oldham, Manager of Neighbourhood Development and Supports. “We encourage Londoners to start brainstorming ideas with their neighbours to prepare for Neighbourhood Decision Making 2023.”
- Bike repair stations along the Thames Valley Parkway ($12,600)
- Tree planting in Gibbons Park ($5,000)
- Kensington Village wildflower meadow ($12,500)
- Community meals in Queens Park ($4,500)
- River’s Edge Disc Golf Course improvements ($15,400)
- Outdoor learning and play area upgrades at F.D. Roosevelt Public School ($30,000)
- Duck feeding signage around ponds in Northeast London ($1,000)
- Story Walk along Stoney Creek Valley Trail ($10,000)
- Shade tree planting at Dalkeith Park playground ($5,000)
- Naturalized planting in McCormick Park ($4,000)
- Planting shade trees near playgrounds in Northwest London ($15,000)
- St. Paul Catholic School playground addition ($30,000)
- Little Free Library with Arabic books ($3,000)
- Nor’west Optimist Playground bike racks ($2,000)
- Naturalized planting in Kiwanis Park – Central South ($1,000)
- Benches along Westminster Ponds Trails ($15,000)
- Upgrades and safety improvements at Kiwanis Park baseball fields ($30,000)
- Dog park improvements at Pottersburg Off-Leash Dog Park ($4,000)
- Bat houses in Southwest neighbourhoods ($2,000)
- Lambeth Optimist Playground addition ($30,000)
- Pollinator pathway in Southcrest ($2,700)
- Pollinator pathways in Cleardale and White Oaks neighbourhoods ($4,000)
- Community pantry in Westmount ($500)
- Disc golf baskets in Basil Grover Park ($10,800)
Earlier this year, Londoners were invited to submit ideas to improve their neighbourhoods from March 21 to April 29. A total of 230 ideas were submitted by residents and neighbourhood associations. 78 ideas made it onto the ballot after they were reviewed by City staff. All 24 winning projects will be implemented by the end of 2023.
Londoners can view the 2022 voting results here.
Neighbourhood Decision Making is a key component in engaging Londoners to have a sense of belonging in their neighbourhoods and community as outlined in the City of London’s Strategic Plan.