New greenspace possibilities exist at old Burlington school site


Published April 12, 2024 at 1:01 pm

Bateman school Burlington neighbourhood residents greenspace
An aerial view of the Robert Bateman Community Centre reconversion site. The track pictured at the top will be removed.

The transformation of Robert Bateman High School will create Burlington’s largest community centre, but much work still needs to be done.

A necessary redesign of the complex on New Street means the elimination of the track and field from what remains of the old school, and the City of Burlington is looking for public input on how the remaining greenspace will look and it’s intended use once adjacent Frontenac Park is incorporated into the project.

A new online survey has been launched where members of the public can provide input on the future use of the area. The survey can be found at until the end of April.

As well, residents can also join an in-person session at Tansley Woods Community Centre (1996 Itabashi Way) on April 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. or an online visioning session on April 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. To register for a session, visit

The primary question participants will be asked is, “How would you like to use the greenspace at the new Robert Bateman Community Centre?”

Participants will be able to provide feedback on the redevelopment of this outdoor greenspace including essential paved pathway connections throughout the site to the adjacent school and new community centre entrance.

The information collected will be reviewed by the City to help determine what can and cannot be done in the space and create different concepts. Factors that will also determine concepts will be popularity, cost, noise/disruption to neighbours, regulations and technical feasibility.

Park features that cannot go into the greenspace include full-sized sport fields, sport field lighting, pickleball courts, basketball courts, a splash pad and an outdoor pool.

The cost for the City to buy the Bateman site and convert it into a community has been estimated at $100 million.

A City report shows that work on the site is on schedule and on budget with phase one of the project expected to open in the fall of 2025.



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