Burlington opens new free space for community meetings and events

Published February 17, 2023 at 4:10 pm

A new space for Burlington residents has opened where community-based events can be held.

The Orchard Hub is located at St. Christopher’s Catholic Elementary School at 2400 Sutton Dr. It is the second community hub to open in the city.

The hubs were created to provide space for residents to hold community events or activities such as training, community meetings, support groups, clubs, gatherings, cultural activities or other neighbourhood programs. They are free of charge to rent and must be booked in advance.

To qualify, the events can be one-time or ongoing but the activities must be free to participants. The cost of insurance is covered.

Businesses, for-profits, socials or any program that generates money or future businesses can rent the space at regular rates plus the cost of insurance. There will be no staff on site, and renters are required to set up and clean the room.

The new hub has room for 40 people and includes seating, a kitchen area with a fridge and microwave, a washroom, a projector and screen.

Orchard now joins the Haber Hub at the Haber Community Centre as free space for residents.

The Haber Hub, located at Tim Dobbie Dr., has a capacity for up to 20 people and comes with tables and chairs as well as two sinks and cabinet space.

“There are many great, local community groups who would like to provide programming or hold events but need a bigger space or don’t always have the money to pay for a rental,” said Emilie Cote, Burlington’s Director of Recreation, Community and Culture upon the opening of the new location. “The City is proud to offer two free Community Hubs to make these neighbourhood connections possible.  A community hub can provide a chance for groups to connect people for fun, engagement or learning opportunities.”

Groups looking to learn more about the space can arrange a tour via email [email protected]. Groups booking a community hub must complete the application form with a short summary of the details for intended use.



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