Park construction projects

The following projects will be undertaken by the City of London.  A contact name is provided for each project for additional information.

Belvedere Place Park

Considered improvements at this time include an upgrade of the existing basketball court, an accessible asphalt path, a community garden and some trees.

Construction of the park will begin in 2021.

For more information, please contact Julie Michaud at jmichaud@london.ca.

Berkshire Park

Improvements to this park include replacing the existing sand play surface with engineered mulch, drainage, and creating an accessible curb cut into the play area.

This project is planned to be completed in Summer 2021.

For more information on this project, contact Eric Conway at elconway@london.ca

Cedar Hollow SWMF

The existing damaged asphalt will be replaced with a compacted granular surface. This will be a temporary measure until the invasive species are treated and managed to avoid further impact to asphalt surfacing. Selected tree removals and invasive species management is expected to take at least one year, after which new asphalt will be put in place.

For more information please contact Stephanie Wilson at stwilson@london.ca.

Civic Space: SoHo – A Heritage Square

A concept plan was developed for the civic space located at the northwest corner of South Street and Colborne Street as part of the redevelopment of the Old Victoria Hospital Lands. Detailed design of the space is in progress.

A public open house was held on March 22, 2017 and about 60 people attended. A second public information meeting was held on June 28, 2017, with roughly 40 participants.

View the Get Involved London website or contact Julie Michaud at jmichaud@london.ca for more information on this project.

East Lions Park

East Lions Park is coming close to completion and is now partially open to the public for basketball, ping-pong, walks or just to enjoy the green space. The pickleball and tennis courts are anticipated to be ready by the end of June. Please note that the playground is linked to the Community Centre project and will not be opened just yet.

For more information please contact Julie Michaud at jmichaud@london.ca.

Fanshawe Ridge North SWMF

The existing damaged asphalt will be replaced with a compacted granular surface. This will be a temporary measure until the invasive species are treated and managed to avoid further impact to asphalt surfacing. Selected tree removals and invasive species management is expected to take at least one year, after which new asphalt will be put in place.

For more information please contact Stephanie Wilson at stwilson@london.ca.

Greenway Park

The playground is now due for an upgrade. The woodchip safety surfacing will be replaced with a rubber surface. New playground improvements will be planned throughout 2021 and implemented in 2022.

For more information, please contact Eric Conway at elconway@london.ca

 

Hastings Park

In the summer 2021, the three existing tennis courts will be replaced with two new tennis courts and two new pickleball courts. A new pathway will be constructed linking the existing pathway to the new pickleball courts. Benches, picnic tables, and a bike rack will also be added.

For more information, please contact Angela Denomme at adenomme@london.ca

Highland Woods

The long, narrow boardwalk through the large wetland in Highland Woods north (east of Rossmore Court) has decayed and will be removed to protect public safety. Installing and maintaining a safe and accessible trail through such a large wetland is not sustainable and that section of trail is closed. A small lookout feature with a bench for viewing the wetland will be installed on the south side of the wetland in 2021.

For more information, please contact Linda McDougall at lmcdouga@london.ca

Jorgensen Park

Improvements to this park include the replacement of playground equipment, swings, benches, and add a bicycle rack. The new play equipment will provide a variety of play experiences for children between 2 and 12 years old. The safety surfacing in the play area and swing area will also be upgraded from sand to engineered woodchip and an accessible curb will be added to the play area as well as the swing area. A new path will connect the swing area to the existing path.

The new play equipment will be installed in Summer 2021.

For more information on this project, contact Eric Conway at elconway@london.ca.

Kiwanis Park – North

The City of London has identified the need for slope restoration works within Kiwanis Park North along the banks of Pottersburg Creek near the park access at Borden Street. Specifically, there is a 75-metre stretch with significant bank erosion that is scheduled to be restored in late Summer 2021. These works will include tree removals, repairing the existing channel and bank erosion as well as re-instating and protecting park lands. This work will ultimately protect the multiuse path system and park from further degradation and reduce risk to an adjacent municipal sanitary sewer.

For more information, please contact Jeff Hachey at Jhachey@london.ca

Lorne Avenue Park

The new Lorne Avenue Park is now open. Some items have been deferred to a future phase 2 plan, subject to additional budget being available. The porch seating and gardens will be included as part of the English Street Infrastructure work completion in 2021.

The revised neighbourhood park plan includes accessible walkways with benches, an entry plaza at the corner with English Street, a playground made of wood with a sensory garden, a central plaza with a community stage, rain gardens and an ecolawn. Bike rack, waste receptacles and new trees are also being installed as part of this project.

As unique features for this park, an insect hotel and lounge chair seating are also included. Artifacts from Lorne Avenue School, including the old school bell and modern school letters, are integrated into the park design.

For more information on this project visit the Get Involved London or contact Julie Michaud at jmichaud@london.ca.

McMahen Park ​​​​

Some work in McMahen Park is planned to allow for the construction of the Adelaide Grade Separation project.

Please visit Get Involved London for updates on this major infrastructure project.

Nelson Park

Improvements to this park include the replacement of the play equipment in the southern play area and replacing the existing play surface. The swings will be retained and an accessible seat will be added. The new play equipment will provide a variety of play experiences for children between 2 and 12 years old.

The new play equipment will be installed in Summer 2021.

For more information on this project, contact Eric Conway at elconway@london.ca.

Northridge Fields (formerly Kilally Fields)

Construction has started and is expected to be completed by spring 2021.

The concept plan for Northridge Fields -- formerly Kilally -- was revised following public comments. The location of the playground has been moved closer to the fieldhouse and the layout of pathways and hiking trails have been slightly modified. Accessible spectator areas were also added for baseball.

The plan still includes a fieldhouse, two bantam sized ball diamonds, a full size cricket pitch (also able to accommodate two mini soccer fields) and parking areas, as well as a buffer to adjacent Kilally ESA and naturalization areas.

For more information contact Julie Michaud at jmichaud@london.ca.

Oak Park

Improvements to this park include replacing the existing sand play surface with engineered mulch, drainage, and creating an accessible curb cut into the play area.

This project is planned to be completed in Summer 2021.

For more information on this project, contact Eric Conway at elconway@london.ca

Pebble Creek Park

The existing damaged asphalt will be replaced with a compacted granular surface. This will be a temporary measure until the invasive species are treated and managed to avoid further impact to asphalt surfacing. Selected tree removals and invasive species management is expected to take at least one year, after which new asphalt will be put in place.

For more information please contact Stephanie Wilson at stwilson@london.ca.

Rosecliffe Park

Improvements to this park include the replacement of the play equipment, benches, add a bike rack and undertake some minor repairs to the pathways as needed. The new play equipment will provide a variety of play experiences for children between 2 and 12 years old. The safety surfacing will be upgraded from sand to engineered woodchip and an accessible drop curb will be added to the play area.

The new play equipment will be installed in Summer 2021.

For more information on this project, contact Eric Conway at elconway@london.ca

Scenic View Park

The existing multi-use pathway will be extended to provide a safer and more sustainable active-mobility connection to the existing access at Chalet Cres. & Grandview Ave. on City property in 2021.

For more information, please contact Linda McDougall at lmcdouga@london.ca

Silverleaf Park

Construction of the parks and pathway system within the Silverleaf subdivision is anticipated to be completed in 2021.

For more information contact Stephanie Wilson at stwilson@london.ca.

Somerset Park

Improvements to this park include the replacement of the play equipment, upgrade benches, add a bike rack and undertake some minor repairs to the pathways as needed. The new play equipment will provide a variety of play experiences for children between 2 and 12 years old. The safety surfacing will be upgraded from sand to engineered woodchip and an accessible drop curb will be added to the play area.

The new play equipment will be installed in Summer 2021.

For more information on this project, contact Angela Denomme at adenomme@london.ca.

Southwest Optimist Park Playground and Fitness Equipment

Improvements to this park include the addition of a large children’s playground  and swings, and outdoor adult exercise equipment. This project is being made possible through a generous donation from Hully Gully. The Hully Gully family is celebrating their 50th year in business and are giving back to the community through the donation of this project. The play equipment being donated will provide a variety of play experiences for children between 2 and 12 years old and will be built over a rubber safety surface. The exercise equipment will include multiple non-moving pieces that can be used by area residents and local sport teams. Exercise equipment will be built over a woodchip safety surface. We will also be installing new benches, picnic tables and two small sections of pathway, along with additional tree planting.

Construction for this project is expected to start early August 2021 and is weather dependent. 

For more information on this project, please contact Jeff Bruin at jbruin@london.ca

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Rendering of playground equipment at Southwest Optimist Park
Rendering of playground equipment at Southwest Optimist Park
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Proposed layout of Southwest Optimist Park fitness equipment
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Layout of Southwest Optimist Park playground
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Rendering of playground equipment at Southwest Optimist Park
Rendering of playground equipment at Southwest Optimist Park
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Rendering of fitness equipment at Southwest Optimist Park
Rendering of fitness equipment at Southwest Optimist Park
Southwinds Park

The City of London is planning to reconstruct the Southwinds Park creek corridor from Colonel Talbot Road to just west of Malpass Road in September 2021. This project will include a new multi-use pathway adjacent to the channel, a new pedestrian crossing, new culverts to increase flow capacity beneath Isaac Drive and Malpass Road, and a complete reconstruction of the creek channel following a natural channel design.

For more information, please contact Adrienne Sones at the Stormwater Engineering Division at asones@london.ca

Tennis and Pickleball Court Upgrade Plan

In response to growing demand, the City of London is examining our supply of outdoor pickleball and tennis courts. After adding pickleball lines to some tennis courts in spring 2021, we are now taking a closer look at how all of our courts are being used.

This summer, usage of pickleball and tennis courts will be tracked through an observation project. We will be visiting these courts to identify popular locations, activities and times of use, and will let players know how they can provide input to the study. This work is being completed with the help of Monteith Brown Planning Consultants and students from the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) at Western University.

Pickleball and tennis players are also encouraged to complete a survey to let us know more about their preferences and needs. The findings from this survey and observation project will help us identify priorities and a long-term plan for court upgrades and development. To complete the survey or for more information on this project, please visit https://getinvolved.london.ca/tennis-and-pickleball-court-strategy

Thames Valley Parkway - Blackfriars

Blackfriars Bridge and the east bound curb lane of Kensington Bridge (Riverside Drive across the Thames River) will be closed to motor vehicles until further notice. Pedestrians and cyclists are reminded to use caution and maintain a minimum of two metres physical distance.

For more information contact Jane Fullick at jfullick@london.ca

Thames Valley Corridor - SoHo

A concept plan was prepared for the creation of park space along the north side of the Thames River connecting Wellington Street to Maitland Street, including the redevelopment of Wellington Valley District Park, as part of the redevelopment of the Old Victoria Hospital Lands.

A public open house was held in November 2018 with about 80 people in attendance.  A second public information meeting was held in March 2019 gathering more feedback from the community.  Detailed design is expected to occur through 2021, for construction to start in spring of 2022. Ecological restoration and invasive species management work will start in 2021 ahead of the construction.

View the our Get Involved London website or contact Eric Conway at elconway@london.ca for more information on this project.

Thames Valley Parkway - South Branch near Highbury Avenue

For the duration of the construction season, the Thames Valley Parkway along the South Branch of the Thames River will have reduced widths under the Wenige Expressway Bridge at Highbury Avenue.  Users are asked to be alert and obey construction signage and the direction of the workers on site.  Cyclists please dismount and walk through the restricted area.

Wellingsboro Park

Improvements to this park include the replacement of the play equipment. The new play equipment will provide a variety of play experiences for children between 2 and 12 years old. The safety surfacing will be upgraded from sand to engineered woodchip and an accessible curb will be added to the play area. The City will also be upgrading benches and adding a bike rack.

The new play equipment will be installed in Summer 2021.

For more information on this project, contact Eric Conway at elconway@london.ca

Westmount Lions Park

Improvements to this park include the replacement of the play equipment and create a new accessible pathway from Village Green Avenue. The new play equipment will provide a variety of play experiences for children between 2 and 12 years old. The safety surfacing will be upgraded from sand to engineered woodchip and an accessible curb will be added to the play area.

The new play equipment will be installed in Summer 2021.

For more information on this project, contact Julie Michaud at jmichaud@london.ca.

White Oaks Park - pavilion

A new pavilion is being planned for White Oaks Park in proximity to the community centre. The new pavilion is a donation from York Development and will include an elevated stage platform to be used during local community park events. During non-event days, the structure will provide shade and seating for park users.

The baseball diamond fencing and seating area south of Bradly Avenue will be re-aligned to accommodate the proposed stage.

For more information please contact Stephanie Wilson at stwilson@london.ca.

 

Last modified:Friday, July 30, 2021