East Lions Community Centre

London, Ont.
Construction Cost: $21 million
Area / Square Feet: 42,000
Occupancy Date: December 2021

The East Lions Community Centre is a destination for visitors throughout the neighborhood and beyond. Its stimulating, fun and inviting environment is capable of hosting a much wider variety of programming that caters to all demographics to promote community-wide recreation, health, culture and learning. 

Occupying an L-shaped footprint, the two-story center faces the interior of the park with a stately translucent facade, and a generous entrance courtyard on the park-facing side is sheltered by three sheer walls, including a curtainwall that visually connects it to the lobby inside. Inside, 

the center expands the park’s athletics programming with an aquatics center — comprising a six-lane, 25-meter lap pool and a leisure pool supported by universal change rooms and a large gymnasium. An additional complex of rooms, including multipurpose and activity rooms, a community kitchen and art rooms, provide a new home to East London artisans, thereby expanding the park’s programmatic offerings to include not only outdoor sports, but indoor sports, recreation and cultural programming, as well.

Though an energy-intensive facility, the center is targeted for LEED Silver certification, to be achieved by measures such as a 10-kilowatt rooftop solar PV array that links to a didactic LED dashboard display showing visitors the system’s energy-production stats.


MJMA Architecture & Design Toronto, Ont.


a+LiNK Architecture Inc. London, Ont.


Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports
Gared - Forum Athletic Products
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains
Forum Athletic Products
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers
Gared - Forum Athletic Products
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems
OES - Forum Athletic Products
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and StandardsGared - Forum Athletic Products
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding
Apple - Forum Athletic Products
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball
Robbins Sports Surfaces
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose
Robbins Sports Surfaces (Activity Room/Ballet)
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball
Robbins Sports Surfaces (Gym)
Locker/Shower - Flooring
American Olean (Tile)
Locker/Shower - Lockers
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions
Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors
Extractor Corporation 'Suitmate'
Pools - Deck/Basin Surface
American Olean (Tile)
Pools - Filtration Systems
Neptune Benson
Pools - Gutters
Emco (grating)
Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars
Pools - Lane Markers
Rainbow (floats) / Recreonics (Pennants)
Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems