Lorne Avenue Park

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Construction Update:

Once the spring temperatures allowed the new grass to take root, the City of London took down the fences to officially open the new Lorne Avenue Park on April 16. The park, which stands on the site of the former Lorne Avenue Public School, was designed around the themes of arts and culture, the environment, and the heritage of Old East Village.

“City staff worked with the Lorne Avenue Park Steering Committee and held public meetings with local community members to design the park in a way that would be meaningful to residents of Old East Village but also welcoming and exciting for families,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “I’m incredibly proud of the collaborative effort that led to the opening of the park.”

The new park features accessible walkways, an entry plaza, a unique playground made of wood, a community stage, a sensory garden, an insect hotel, rain gardens, and an ecolawn. Designers also worked to incorporate artifacts from Lorne Avenue Public School, including the late-1800s school bell from the original building and exterior signage letters from the more recent building.

“Lorne Avenue Public School was an important part of the history of the Old East Village and the new Lorne Avenue Park will be an exciting part of its future. Residents here are proud of our community and fought hard to keep the school. Thanks to the work of the community, City staff and Council, we now have a beautiful, new park to enjoy for years to come. More open public space in the core could not come at a better time,” says Ward 4 Councillor Jesse Helmer.

As a further nod to the park’s schoolyard history, traditional games like hopscotch and four square have been painted on the ground in the central plaza so that a whole new generation of kids can enjoy them.

“The closure of Lorne Avenue Public School left a large gap in the heart of Old East Village,” says Lorne Avenue Park Steering Committee member and Old East Village resident Frank Filice. “Through the collaborative efforts of the community and the City of London, the establishment of Lorne Avenue Park on the site of the former school provides a valuable public space where people of all ages can gather to socialize, exercise and play, or simply enjoy being in a pleasing outdoor area in the centre of their neighbourhood.”


Even with the playground open, there are still more developments to come.



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Phase 2

As stated on the concept plan, some items have been deferred to a future phase 2 plan, subject to additional budget being available and English Street Infrastructure work completion. These items include the multi-use court, the porch seating and gardens along English Street and park lighting. Additionally, the pathway connecting to future Queen’s Place and relating trees will be added once the new housing development is complete.

Thank you to all the engaged residents who shared their feedback on this plan. The City of London would also like to thank the London Central Lions Club for their contribution towards the sensory garden, and the Rotary Club London East for sponsoring the insect hotel at the Lorne Avenue Park.



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Lorne Avenue Park Concept Plan

Mosaic Clay Tile Mural

Plans are in the works for the creation of a clay tile mural to be added to the entrance walls in Lorne Avenue Park, thanks to a grant from Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. The completion of the project is planned for Fall 2024.

Construction Update:

Once the spring temperatures allowed the new grass to take root, the City of London took down the fences to officially open the new Lorne Avenue Park on April 16. The park, which stands on the site of the former Lorne Avenue Public School, was designed around the themes of arts and culture, the environment, and the heritage of Old East Village.

“City staff worked with the Lorne Avenue Park Steering Committee and held public meetings with local community members to design the park in a way that would be meaningful to residents of Old East Village but also welcoming and exciting for families,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “I’m incredibly proud of the collaborative effort that led to the opening of the park.”

The new park features accessible walkways, an entry plaza, a unique playground made of wood, a community stage, a sensory garden, an insect hotel, rain gardens, and an ecolawn. Designers also worked to incorporate artifacts from Lorne Avenue Public School, including the late-1800s school bell from the original building and exterior signage letters from the more recent building.

“Lorne Avenue Public School was an important part of the history of the Old East Village and the new Lorne Avenue Park will be an exciting part of its future. Residents here are proud of our community and fought hard to keep the school. Thanks to the work of the community, City staff and Council, we now have a beautiful, new park to enjoy for years to come. More open public space in the core could not come at a better time,” says Ward 4 Councillor Jesse Helmer.

As a further nod to the park’s schoolyard history, traditional games like hopscotch and four square have been painted on the ground in the central plaza so that a whole new generation of kids can enjoy them.

“The closure of Lorne Avenue Public School left a large gap in the heart of Old East Village,” says Lorne Avenue Park Steering Committee member and Old East Village resident Frank Filice. “Through the collaborative efforts of the community and the City of London, the establishment of Lorne Avenue Park on the site of the former school provides a valuable public space where people of all ages can gather to socialize, exercise and play, or simply enjoy being in a pleasing outdoor area in the centre of their neighbourhood.”


Even with the playground open, there are still more developments to come.



0
Advanced issue found

Phase 2

As stated on the concept plan, some items have been deferred to a future phase 2 plan, subject to additional budget being available and English Street Infrastructure work completion. These items include the multi-use court, the porch seating and gardens along English Street and park lighting. Additionally, the pathway connecting to future Queen’s Place and relating trees will be added once the new housing development is complete.

Thank you to all the engaged residents who shared their feedback on this plan. The City of London would also like to thank the London Central Lions Club for their contribution towards the sensory garden, and the Rotary Club London East for sponsoring the insect hotel at the Lorne Avenue Park.



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Advanced issue found


Lorne Avenue Park Concept Plan

Mosaic Clay Tile Mural

Plans are in the works for the creation of a clay tile mural to be added to the entrance walls in Lorne Avenue Park, thanks to a grant from Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. The completion of the project is planned for Fall 2024.

Page last updated: 09 Jul 2024, 01:55 PM