Community gathering spot in Burlington wins design award

Published April 3, 2023 at 2:56 pm

The Orchard Community Hub is located in St. Christopher's Catholic Elementary School in Burlington.

The City of Burlington’s Orchard Community Hub has received an award for its unique and innovative design.

Located in St. Christopher’s Catholic Elementary School at 2400 Sutton Dr., the hub is a place for community groups to provide free activities, programs or events to Burlington residents.

The award is being presented by Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO), a non-profit association that advances the health, social, and environmental benefits of quality recreation and parks. It is given to those eligible projects that demonstrate excellence in the design of recreation and/or park facilities intended for public use.

“The park or facility must showcase uniqueness, innovation, and creativity for recreation use,” PRO states. “Award applicants must demonstrate that they engaged in public consultation to determine the scope of the project and how the project was able to meet their community’s needs.”

The Orchard Community Hub was officially opened in February 2023 and has already held a winter holiday community gathering, a book share program, youth movie nights, crafting groups, fundraisers, line dancing and more.

“We’re very proud and thankful for this recognition,” said Emilie Cote, Burlington’s director of recreation, community and culture. “A lot of work and collaboration with Orchard residents went into this community hub. Area residents continue to engage their neighbours to promote the use of this space and have truly created a safe space for neighbours to meet and network. It is a place where Orchard community members can build community and connections.”


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