H. G. R. Mews Community Centre replacement

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Map showing Mundy Pond area of St. John's

The City has been planning for the replacement of the H. G. R. Mews Community Centre for the past two years. To date, site reviews have been completed and public engagement has taken place on both the location of the new facility and the needs of the community in relation to amenities and programming. On Monday, Aug 19, 2019, City council voted to locate the new facility in Mundy Pond Park adjacent to other recreation facilities in the area which will also include the new Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities Accessible playground.

Since fall 2019, staff have been working to advance the design of the new building, incorporating what was heard through the engagement processes in 2018 and 2019 and now have something to share with the community. Check out the visuals in the document library including an aerial view showing the placement of both the building and the playground in Mundy Pond Park, the floor plans, and the amenities overview document. Use the quick poll tools below to tell us what you think of the design and use the questions and comments tool to leave your thoughts.

If you want to learn more, plan to attend one of the virtual sessions. See details here.

The City has been planning for the replacement of the H. G. R. Mews Community Centre for the past two years. To date, site reviews have been completed and public engagement has taken place on both the location of the new facility and the needs of the community in relation to amenities and programming. On Monday, Aug 19, 2019, City council voted to locate the new facility in Mundy Pond Park adjacent to other recreation facilities in the area which will also include the new Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities Accessible playground.

Since fall 2019, staff have been working to advance the design of the new building, incorporating what was heard through the engagement processes in 2018 and 2019 and now have something to share with the community. Check out the visuals in the document library including an aerial view showing the placement of both the building and the playground in Mundy Pond Park, the floor plans, and the amenities overview document. Use the quick poll tools below to tell us what you think of the design and use the questions and comments tool to leave your thoughts.

If you want to learn more, plan to attend one of the virtual sessions. See details here.

  • New Design for H.G.R. Mews Centre Replacement Now Available

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    From now until September 25, the City of St. John’s invites the public to review the new concept design of the H.G.R Mews Community Centre replacement facility which will be constructed at Mundy Pond Park starting in 2021.

    Public and stakeholder input from the first two rounds of public engagement for this project have influenced the overall design (check out the What we Heard documents in the document library). Details of the designs can be seen there as well including an aerial view and floor plans.

    Virtual public meetings to review the design will take place using Microsoft Teams:

    • Tuesday, September 22 from 10 to 11 a.m.
    • Thursday, September 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    To register for one of these sessions, check out the key dates and follow the links.

    The city is also meeting with key stakeholders and users of the current facility such as sporting and aquatics organizations, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Inclusion Advisory Committee.

    Those unable to participate online can contact Access St. John’s at 311 or 754-CITY and ask to speak with someone from the project team, or email feedback to engage@stjohns.ca.


  • Surveying Activity - Mundy Pond Park

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    31 Aug 2020
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    A survey crew will be in Mundy Pond Park starting Tuesday, Oct. 8, surveying the property where the new Mews Centre replacement will be located.

    This work will take approximately four weeks and is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, Nov. 5, weather permitting. As part of the scope of work, surveyors will be required to work in proximity to, and within property lines, that boarder Mundy Pond Park and vicinity.


  • What We Heard document released

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    31 Aug 2020
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    Public engagement on a proposed replacement location for the H.G.R Mews Community Centre at Mundy Pond Park took place during July 2019. Feedback from residents and community groups was collected at online, during two in-person sessions and through meetings with key stakeholders.

    The What We Heard" document summarizes overall themes, likes and dislikes of the proposed location, concerns outlined by local residents, feedback from community groups, and points related to inclusion. The engagement process captured input from 29 people online and approximately 80 visitors during the in-person sessions, with approximately 600 unique visitors to the engage page to learn more about the proposed location.

    The first phase of public engagement for this project took place in spring 2018 and looked at programming, amenities and a proposed location at the gravel parking lot that is across the street from the current H.G.R. Mews Centre.

    City Council are slated to vote on the location for replacing the Mews Centre on Monday, August 19.


  • Public Engagement: H.G.R Mews Community Centre Replacement New Proposed Site Location at Mundy Pond Park

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    16 Aug 2019
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    The public are invited to one of two engagement sessions to provide feedback on a new proposed site location for the replacement of the H.G.R. Mews Community Centre at Mundy Pond Park.

    The city is proposing an alternate location to the gravel parking lot across from the current Mews Centre because of building needs, and the opportunity to position the facility in an existing recreation hub at Mundy Pond Park.

    Please drop-in at your convenience to one of the two scheduled sessions for an opportunity to talk with staff about the potential location for the Centre, and to share your opinions and concerns.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019

    · 10 a.m. to noon

    · 6 to 8 p.m.

    H.G.R. Mews Community Centre

    40 Mundy Pond Road

    Please note that the focus of the drop-in sessions is to obtain feedback about the new proposed site only. Public engagement about programming and amenities took place in 2018, and the ‘What We Heard’ document is available here.

    Comments can also be provide on this page here.

    The City of St. John’s wants to create a city where people feel connected, have a sense of belonging and are actively engaged in community life. This project is identified in the Our City, Our Future 2019 Action Plan under the goal to and deliver programs, service and public spaces that build safe, healthy and vibrant communities.


  • Drill Rig Operation - Mundy Pond Park

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    11 Jul 2019
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    A drill rig will be operating at Mundy Pond Park, near Blackler Avenue, Blackmarsh Road and Melville Place, starting on Wednesday, June 5 and continuing for approximately five days. Work will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

    The purpose of the work is to collect information for installing new lights for the softball field, new playground equipment, and use of the existing soccer field as a potential location for the H.G.R. Mews Centre replacement.

    Noise from the drilling process is anticipated; however, weather and atmospheric conditions such as cloud cover may intensify the sound.

    Access to Mundy Pond Park will not be impeded by this work. Residents are asked to respect site safety measures put in place by the contractor. Areas where active drilling is occurring will be cordoned off with pylons and appropriate safety signage.

  • Update on H.G.R. Mews Centre Replacement Location

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    11 Jul 2019
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    The parking lot across the street from the Mews Centre, which was proposed for the replacement, is not in a floodplain. However, concerns about loss of green space and other issues were raised through the engagement process last year and, while this site is not excluded, the City is exploring other potential locations in the area. Further engagement and communications will be happening soon to discuss this with the neighbourhood.


  • Geotechnical investigation

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    04 Jun 2019
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Beginning Tuesday, September 11, 2018, and continuing for approximately 5 days, a drill rig will be operating on the gravel parking lot located on the corner of Pearce Avenue and Mundy Pond Road. This is to facilitate a geotechnical investigation of the property in relation to the site being a proposed location for a new facility which will replace the existing Mews Community Centre.

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  • Public Engagement results: Replacing the H.G.R. Mews

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    04 Jun 2019
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    The City of St. John’s is planning to replace the H.G.R Mews Community Centre. During late May and early June, the city engaged with residents, neighbours, user groups and stakeholders to seek input on facility features, accessibility, potential partnerships, programming and impact on the neighbourhood.

    Feedback noted that current programs and services should continue in an updated, welcoming, and accessible space. Additionally, significant feedback was provided on how a new space could build and improve on existing features. The ‘What we Heard’ report is available here

    During engagement, current and potential users were asked a series of questions online and in person. The process included:

    • Meetings with immediate neighbours
    • An online survey and in-person sessions with recreation groups and partners
    • project page on EngageStJohn's.ca with over 1,700 visits and 123 active engagements
    • A kiosk at the H.G.R Mews community centre with drop in engagement opportunities
    • A focus group with newcomers
    • Meetings with the City’s Inclusion and Seniors Advisory Committees

    Budget for replacement is $24 million. The newly built facility will be of a similar size and scope as the existing centre. The timeline for construction will be available after the design for the new facility is complete.

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  • Public engagement public drop-in events at the H.G.R. Mews Community Centre

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    30 Jul 2018
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    In our planning to replace the Mews Community Centre we're having drop-in open houses for residents to ensure that public concerns are heard within the scope of the project.

    City residents can have their say in person from Monday, May 28 to Friday, June 1 at the H.G.R Mews Centre (see the Drop-in schedule on the right for times), or here on TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

    The timeline for construction will be available after the public consultation and design is complete.