Londoners, you’ve decided: here are the best neighborhood projects you voted for
The results are in and Londoners have decided which projects will see the light of day in their neighborhood this year.
Residents of all London wards had the chance to vote in the city’s 2022 Neighborhood Decision-Making Scheme.
Total funding of $250,000 has been split into five different areas with projects receiving up to $50,000 each to help develop and improve neighborhoods. Individual projects receive up to $30,000 in funding.
Over 9,900 votes were cast to determine which neighborhood projects will receive funding to proceed. Ballots were cast virtually, in person and by phone June 18-25.
Here are some of the winners and the funding they will receive for each neighborhood:
- 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 at Queens Park ($4,500)
- River’s Edge Golf Course Improvements ($15,400)
North East London
- Outdoor Learning and Play Area Improvements at FD Roosevelt Public School ($30,000)
- Duck Feeding Signage Around North East London Ponds ($1,000)
- Story Walk along the Stoney Creek Valley Trail ($10,000)
- Planting Shade Trees at Dalkeith Park Playground ($5,000)
- Naturalized plantation in McCormick Park ($4,000)
North West London
- Planting shade trees near playgrounds in North West London ($15,000)
- St. Paul’s Catholic School Playground Expansion ($30,000)
- Small free library with Arabic books ($3,000)
- Nor’west Optimist Playground Bike Racks ($2,000)
Nader Alrawi offered the small free library with Arabic books as a way for his five young daughters to reconnect with their language and culture. He was delighted to find that his idea had been accepted.
“It’s hard to find Arabic books for my daughters and I don’t want them to lose their language. Right now they speak more English than Arabic at home,” he said. .
He thinks it will be a big step towards increasing diversity in London and for the city to move towards more multiculturalism.
South East London
- Naturalized plantation in Kiwanis Park – South-Central ($1,000)
- Benches along Westminster Ponds Pathways ($15,000)
- Safety Upgrades and Improvements at Kiwanis Park Baseball Fields ($30,000)
- Dog Park Upgrades at Pottersburg Off-Leash Dog Park ($4,000)
South West London
- Bat Houses in Southwest Neighborhoods ($2,000)
- Lambeth Optimist Playground Addition ($30,000)
- Pollinator Trail at Southcrest ($2,700)
- Pollinator Trails in Cleardale and White Oaks Neighborhoods ($4,000)
- Westmount Community Food Pantry ($500)
- Disc golf hoops at Basil Grover Park ($10,800)
Responsible for the development and support of the city’s neighborhoods, Karen Oldham believes that neighborhood decision-making allows all members of the London community to feel heard and participate in the decisions of the city.
“It’s an opportunity for Londoners to tell us what they want to see happen in their neighbourhoods, there are no other opportunities like this where people have a say in how municipal dollars are spent,” she said.
“It’s an engaging process where they can learn the cost of things and an educational process that goes with it.”
Oldham is encouraging Londoners to start brainstorming ideas to prepare for next year’s draft decision-making.
The complete list of voting results is available on the the city website.