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.

Blackwell Trail

A granular trail is to be constructed along Blackwell Trail between the stormwater pond and Highbury Ave N. No crossing at Highbury Ave N is planned at this time.

For more information please contact Stephanie Wilson at stwilson@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.

City Wide Sports Park

A woodchip trail will be installed for access to Meadowlily Woods ESA.

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

Gibbons Park - Fieldhouse

A new fieldhouse with washroom facilities is being planned for Gibbons Park, to be located next to the spray pad. The existing washrooms closer to the west end of the park will be decommissioned.

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 spring 2021, reconstruction at Hastings Park will occur with two new tennis courts and two new pickleball courts.

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

Highland Woods

Improvements to existing trails and boardwalks within Highland Woods will be completed in 2020. This will include upgrades to the connection south of Ferndale to Earl Nichols park and arena.

For more information, please contact Eric Conway at elconway@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 Central (South)

The City is working on the creation of a natural play area for children aged 2 through 12

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

Also, the existing hike trail between the Arcadia Cres. walkway access and the existing multi-use pathway in Kiwanis Park – Central South will be maintained to enhance the trail experience.

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

M.A. Baran Park

In mid-November, the City began scheduled maintenance repairs to the retaining wall in front of the Walter J. Blackburn Memorial Fountain at the Forks of the Thames. During construction, the north-south section of the TVP traveling under the Queens Ave Bridge and Kensington Bridge will be temporarily closed until mid-December.

The east-west section of the TVP parallel to Riverside Drive will remain open.

Signage has been added directing pedestrians and cyclists to use adjacent pathways on the TVP to cross Riverside Drive.

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

North London Athletic Fields

Sections of the existing Thames Valley Parkway will be upgraded with new asphalt surfacing. This work will involve selected tree removals necessary to complete the pathway improvements.

For more information please contact Stephanie Wilson at stwilson@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.

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.

Pottersburg Park

A damaged section of the Thames Valley Parkway will be upgraded with new asphalt surfacing.

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 Cam Mordue at cmordue@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.

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

Springbank Park – playground surfacing repair

Repairs to the rubber surfacing at Shelah’s Place (Springbank Park playground) are planned for 2021.

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

Tennis and Pickleball Court Upgrade Plan

Our Parks and Recreation Master Plan recognizes pickleball as an increasingly popular sport for Londoners. Over the last few years, the City has built eight new pickleball courts, but the need for more courts is growing.

In spring 2021, we will make use of existing tennis courts for dual purposes by painting pickleball lines on them. This has been a common way for many cities to address the gaps in court distribution for this growing sport. Tennis lines will also be repainted at this time. The proposed sites for new pickleball lines on existing tennis courts include:

•         Oakridge Optimist Community Park (2)

•         Fairmont Park

•         Jorgenson Park

•         Ambleside Park

•         Carroll Park

•         Mitches Park

•         Piccadilly Park (2)

In spring 2021, reconstruction at Hastings Park will occur with two new tennis courts and two new pickleball courts.

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 to provide more space for people walking and biking at these potentially busy locations. Traffic flow in both directions on Kensington Bridge will continue. Pedestrians and cyclists are reminded to use caution and maintain a minimum of two metres physical distance.

For more information contact Stephanie Wilson at stwilson@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 excepted to occur through 2019 anticipating a final public information centre in the spring of 2020, for construction to start in spring 2021. Ecological restoration and invasive species management work will start in 2020 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 Cam Mordue at cmordue@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:Monday, June 14, 2021