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September days are here, With summer's best of weather, And autumn's best of cheer... 

It's hard to believe that September is already here. While September is often a time of new beginnings filled with excitement and fresh starts, this month may create some mixed emotions as we ease into a "new normal" that may bring more uncertainty and stress. 

Now more than ever is the time to lean on your neighbours: drop off a meal to a family who may be juggling back to school worries and work, ask if a neighbor can walk your kiddos to school safely so you can have a few moments to yourself, come together in your local park to connect and chat about how you're feeling. It's important to lean on those in your community you can count on for support during these unprecedented times. 
 
Quote of the Month


…with love, we are creative. With it, we march tirelessly. With it, and with it alone, we are able to sacrifice for others. - Chief Dan George, Chief of Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
Place Matters Conference: Strengthening Neighbourhoods, Building Community 
 
Great news! The second annual, resident-driven Place Matters Conference: Strengthening Neighbourhoods, Building Community is taking place from Wednesday, September 23rd to Sunday, September 27th, with several programs offerings!

This year will look very different, with virtual panels, workshops, tours and guest speakers. What’s not changing? Amazing content, great guests and the opportunity to connect with other engaged Londoners.

Please visit 
www.placematters.ca to register and learn more about this year's program line up. 
Dundas Street Weekend Road Closures
Set to Continue 

Following a successful August, the City of London, in partnership with Downtown London BIA, is continuing the Dundas Street weekend road closure between Talbot and Wellington streets until October 16. This area of Dundas Place has become a pedestrian and cycling shared space on weekends as part of a pilot project supporting economic recovery.

Vehicle traffic will be unable to travel east or west along Dundas Street between Talbot and Wellington Streets during these times:

  • Between Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 5 a.m.
  • Between Saturday at 4 p.m. and Monday at 5 a.m. This includes all day Sunday.

The continued road closures are intended to support opportunities for businesses on Dundas Place, and to provide visitors more space for physical distancing. While Dundas Place is open, health measures remain in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Please continue to maintain physical distancing and follow all social gathering guidelines.

NeighbourGood London is looking for residents who have stories to tell about their neighbourhood. Western University and NeighbourGood London are partnering through City Studio to continue their support to create neighbourhood identities and cultures. These neighbourhood identities and cultures will be shared on the NeighbourGood London website. If you are interested in working on this project with a Western University student in early 2021, please e-mail Karen Oldham at koldham@london.ca.
NeighbourGood's Read of the Month is...

"The Recovery will happen in Public Space" by Phil Myrick, Project for Public Spaces.

"Every community also has an abundance of its own talents and passions that could make our streets more beautiful and lively, even at a distance." 
Select Community Centres and Arenas Opening 
 

The City of London will be reopening select community centres and arenas throughout the fall to accommodate recreation programming.

City arenas will begin to open gradually at the end of September. Hockey, ringette, figure skating and other groups will be able to rent ice, and will be required to follow all of the return to play guidelines outlined by the governing Provincial Sports Organizations. Public skating and learn-to-skate lessons will be offered at the arenas, with associated fees, starting in late October.

Select community centres will be gradually reopening in October with free, structured, pre-registered modified programming. Londoners of all ages can expect to see many of their favourite recreation programs offered this fall, including fitness classes, sports programs and art classes. Programs and details will be advertised bi-weekly through london.ca/playyourway and the City’s Facebook and Twitter starting Monday, September 21. Participants can register for these programs one week in advance of a program.

Aquatics program schedules are will be listed on london.ca/playyourway.  The timeline for reopening select recreation facilities is:

September 28

  • Carling Arena
  • Lambeth Arena (community centre will open on October 19)
  • Argyle Arena
  • Earl Nichols Arena

October 5

  • Kiwanis Seniors Centre
  • North London Optimist Community Centre
  • Byron Community Centre
  • South London Community Centre

October 10

  • Stronach Arena (community centre will open on October 19)  
  • Kinsmen Arena (community centre will open on October 19)
  • Medway Arena (community centre will open on October 19)
  • Bostwick Arena

Private indoor rentals at all recreation facilities will not be accepted for September or October.

Arena and community centre openings and programs have been modified to comply with public health guidelines and Provincial restrictions, including physical distancing, group size restrictions and staggered start times. 

The City’s recreation facilities will have enhanced cleaning protocols and health screening measures once reopened. Masks or face coverings must be worn in all of our indoor public spaces but can be removed while swimming or exercising. The public can expect these measures to remain in place throughout the fall.

Core Cycling Project Update

The City is breaking ground this month on three cycling projects that will improve connections through and into the core area. The Dundas Cycle Track, Colborne Cycle Track Extension, and Dundas-Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) Connection represent 2.6 kilometers of new cycling infrastructure, and an $8-million municipal investment in the City’s active transportation network in 2020/2021.

Construction work this year includes:

  • a separated bike lane from downtown along Dundas Street east into Old East Village;
  • an extension of the existing bike lanes on Colborne Street north of Dufferin Avenue to Oxford Street east, and;
  • a separated eastbound cycling facility on Riverside Drive from Wilson Avenue to Kensington Bridge in the first phase of construction of the Dundas-TVP Connection. The final phase to connect to Dundas Place downtown will be underway next year.

    Map of Core Cycling Projects Below: 
City of London Services 

For the latest up to date information on City of London services during CoVid-19, please visit: http://www.london.ca/newsroom/Pages/COVID-19.aspx
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