Robert Bateman Community Centre

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The City of Burlington has purchased the former Robert Bateman Highschool building and greenspace.

With sustainability and community-building in mind, the City of Burlington is repurposing the existing Robert Bateman High School into a City-owned multi-purpose community-focused asset that will align with the City’s objective of being net-zero carbon by 2040. The reuse and conversion of the former secondary school will have interior renovations, exterior building changes and minor site plan modifications as part of Phase 1.

When the renovation is complete, tenants such as Brock University, Burlington Public Library, Halton District School Board, Tech Place and City of Burlington will move into the building and begin offering services.

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The City of Burlington has purchased the former Robert Bateman Highschool building and greenspace.

With sustainability and community-building in mind, the City of Burlington is repurposing the existing Robert Bateman High School into a City-owned multi-purpose community-focused asset that will align with the City’s objective of being net-zero carbon by 2040. The reuse and conversion of the former secondary school will have interior renovations, exterior building changes and minor site plan modifications as part of Phase 1.

When the renovation is complete, tenants such as Brock University, Burlington Public Library, Halton District School Board, Tech Place and City of Burlington will move into the building and begin offering services.

Subscribe to this project page to be notified of important news updates and opportunities to provide input.

  • Robert Bateman Community Centre Greenspace Engagement

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    The City of Burlington has begun phase 1 of the outdoor engagement on the greenspace at Robert Bateman Community Centre. The outdoor engagement includes a redesign of Frontenac Park.

    An online survey is open now until the end of April.

    Residents can also join an in-person visioning 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 getinvolvedburlington.ca/bateman.

    The primary question participants will be asked is, “How would you like to use the greenspace?”

    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 staff to help determine what can and cannot be done in the space and create 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, splash pad and an outdoor pool.

  • Update on Robert Bateman Community Centre

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    The City of Burlington’s newest community centre, the Robert Bateman Community Centre, is progressing on time and on budget towards an opening in 2025.

    Progress and milestones achieved to date:

    • The name for the Robert Bateman Community Centre was chosen with support of resident feedback, Mr. Bateman and approved by City Council.
    • Three in-person visioning engagement sessions and one virtual visioning engagement session was held for the use of the indoor space.
    • Residents also had the opportunity to provide visioning feedback at the Appleby Line Street Festival and the Food for Feedback event. Each event was very well attended.
    • Demolition and asbestos removal work is approximately 95 per cent completed.
    • Structural foundations and backfill completed at the south end and structural steel framing at south facade nearly complete.
    • Interior second floor renovation progressing well with steel framing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, drywall and insulation being installed.

    Parking and track update

    The City of Burlington’s application for a reduction of 41 parking spaces at Robert Bateman Community Centre, based on a parking justification review accounting for increased transit and active transportation options such as cycling, was approved by the Committee of Adjustment on Dec. 6, 2023.

    Although this is a reduction in parking spaces, there will still be 94 new parking spaces built as part of Phase 1 and the track must be removed. There is no option to retain the track, however, a paved pathway will be put in throughout the greenspace. Building an above or below-ground parking garage is too expensive and would not be ready in time.

    The good news is that the reduction in parking spaces overall means more greenspace can be saved.

    It is anticipated that Phase 2 will require an additional 100 parking spaces, but this will be reviewed in more detail once Phase 2 uses of the building are finalized and data on actual parking demand for Phase 1 is available.

    It is important to note that the City is bound by the same rules that developers must follow and must provide enough parking to meet the needs of the building’s users.

    When the parking lot was used only by the high school, there was enough parking. Now that there are five community partners using the building, there will be many more visitors and a much higher need for parking.

    Upcoming Engagement Opportunities:

    Greenspace and outdoor use planning and engagement

    City staff are preparing to engage with local residents on the use and design of the outdoor greenspace directly behind the community centre and Frontenac Park. City staff have heard the importance of the track from the community. Although it still must be removed, a paved pathway will be put throughout the greenspace. Residents will be able to influence the pathway’s flow and connectivity, and benches and tree placements as well as suggest for the overall uses of the greenspace.

    City staff are in discussions with the Halton District Catholic School Board for use of the greenspace and playground at Ascension Catholic Elementary School. Details are being finalized but an agreement would see the school’s greenspace redone and accessible to both students and the community.

    This will add to the total usable greenspace and connectivity of the Robert Bateman Community Centre.

    More information will be posted at getinvolvedburlington.ca/bateman-highschool once available. Residents can subscribe to this page to have updates delivered to their email.

    Indoor use engagement

    Staff will be using the feedback received from both residents and the business community along with the feedback from council to present some indoor use themes for phase 2. Residents will have the opportunity to share some additional feedback on the themes. The themed spaces can be used by various community groups.

    More information about this engagement opportunity will be posted at getinvolvedburlington.ca/bateman-highschool once available. Residents can subscribe to this page to have updates delivered to their email.

  • Bateman Report Update

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    On Feb. 5, there will be two reports on the Robert Bateman Community Centre going to the Committee of the Whole.

    City staff will be presenting a report on the community centre’s engagement sessions and next steps. This report will also go to City Council on Feb. 13.

    You can read the full report online

    This report will share feedback and submissions from the visioning sessions and expression of interest space submissions and seek approval for next steps. It will also outline engagement on the greenspace and walking path throughout the area.

    Staff will also be submitting an update on the construction and site design to the Committee of the Whole.

    You can read the full report online

    Key updates from this report include construction and site design progress, parking update, track removal and open space.

  • Parking and track update at the new Robert Bateman Community Centre

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    The City of Burlington’s application for a reduction of 41 parking spaces at Robert Bateman Community Centre was approved by the Committee of Adjustment on Dec. 6.

    Although this is a reduction in parking spaces, it still means that 94 new parking spaces need to be constructed as part of Phase 1 and the track must be removed. There is no option to save it as building an above or below-ground parking garage is significantly too expensive and would not be ready in time.

    In addition, it is anticipated that Phase 2 will require an additional 100 spaces but this will be reviewed in more detail once Phase 2 uses are finalized. The good news is that the reduction in parking spaces means more greenspace can be saved and a paved walking path or trail can be put throughout the greenspace.

    When the parking lot was used only by the high school, there was enough parking. Now that there are five community partners using the building, there will be many more visitors and a much higher need for parking.

    Residents will have an opportunity to provide ideas and feedback on what should go into the greenspace.

  • Bateman naming confirmed

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    It’s official. Our newest community centre will be named the Robert Bateman Community Centre. Thank you to all residents who submitted names and a special thank you to Mr. Bateman himself, who is delighted to have this honour. Stay informed of updates on the construction and future public engagements by subscribing to getinvolvedburlington.ca/bateman-highschool.

  • Bateman Naming Update

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    With the support of the Robert Bateman Naming Shortlist committee, the City is recommending to the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee (EICS) on Dec. 7 the name of Burlington’s newest community centre be “Robert Bateman Community Centre.”

    Thank you to everyone who provided input through the online survey and at Food for Feedback to find a name for the location.

    When the submission deadline passed, a committee was formed to review the submissions and create a shortlist of names that aligned to the City’s naming policy and represented the community voice. This committee included representatives from the Advisory Committees of Heritage and Inclusion, City Council, the Indigenous Talking Circle, and City staff.

    Survey results

    • 221 names were received.
    • 44 per cent were for Robert Bateman Community Centre (or a close variation).
    • Pinedale was the second-place name with three per cent of the submissions.

    The consensus of the committee was that the community has already overwhelmingly chosen the name Robert Bateman Community Centre and it would be disingenuous to poll the community again or put a short list to a vote.

    Next Steps

    Staff will submit a report with the name recommendation and rationale to the Environment, Infrastructure, and Community Services Committee meeting Dec. 7 and to City Council on Dec. 12, 2023.

  • Request for Expressions of Interest & Visioning Summary-Next Steps

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    Thank you everyone who took the time to provide feedback on the new community centre’s indoor visioning or expressed interest in exclusive use of space.

    Over the past three months, City staff have been busy collecting input through online surveys, in-person engagements and virtual engagement sessions.

    • We received dozens of expressions of interest for the exclusive use of the indoor space.
    • Three in-person visioning sessions and one virtual engagement sessions were held. 85 people attended the four sessions.
    • Residents also had the opportunity to provide visioning feedback at the Appleby Line Street Festival and the Food for Feedback event. Each event was very well attended.

    Indoor visioning is still accepting submissions through the “ideas” tab until Friday, Oct. 27, 2023.

    Staff have started reviewing the submissions, ideas, worksheets and comments.

    The next step in this process is to create staff reports that will go to Committee in January 2024. These reports will outline the community vision and the themes of the expression of interest.

    Another update on the indoor programming will be posted here early in the new year.


  • Public engagement opportunities for the new community centre at the former Robert Bateman High School

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    The City of Burlington is ready to start two engagement opportunities related to the former Robert Bateman High School building. One is engagement on the facility name. The second is engagement on the vision for the indoor recreational and cultural services offered at our newest community centre.

    These opportunities for engagement and input are only for the use of the inside of the building, and not about greenspace or parking. Input on greenspace and parking will come at a later date.

    All of these opportunities and any updates will be posted on getinvolvedburlington.ca/bateman-highschool.

    Indoor visioning engagement opportunities

    • Aug. 22, 7 to 9 p.m. Appleby Ice Centre, 1201 Appleby Line. Registration required.
    • Aug. 23, 1 to 3 p.m. LaSalle Park, 50 North Shore Blvd. Registration required.
    • Sept. 16, noon to 4 p.m. Food for Feedback. Central Park, 2299 New St. No registration needed.
    • Sept. 24, 1 to 5 p.m. Appleby Street Festival, Appleby Line between New Street and Fairview Street. No registration needed.
    • Oct. 18, 7 to 9 p.m. Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way. Registration required.
    • Oct. 19, 7 to 9 p.m. Online engagement session. Link to join is at getinvolvedburlington.ca/bateman-highschool. Registration required.

    To register, email getinvolved@burlington.ca or call 905-335-7777, ext. 7965. Please include the date of the session you’d like to attend.

    Name our new community centre

    Help us name our new community centre at the former Robert Bateman High School site. Residents are invited to submit names and any supporting reasoning.

    The names will be reviewed to ensure they meet the City of Burlington naming standards and a short-list will be created. Residents will have another opportunity to vote on their favourite name from the short-list later this year.

    This opportunity is open now. Names will be collected until Sept. 18, 2023.

    Reminder: Opportunity for Community Service Providers

    We are also still looking for anyone interested in providing community programming with a long-term rental agreement for the exclusive use of space at the former Robert Bateman Highschool site. There is no commitment or expectation at this point. Tell us what services you can provide at getinvolvedburlington.ca/bateman-highschool by Sept. 30, 2023.

  • City of Burlington looking for people or groups interested in exclusive space at former Robert Bateman high school

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    The City is looking to hear from anyone interested in providing community programming at the new community centre at the former Robert Bateman high school. At this time, the City is only looking for interest related to long-term rental agreement or exclusive use of the space.

    Exclusive use is different than an open gym or room where multiple service providers can quickly set up and take down equipment for different activities. Exclusive use means the area is dedicated to the service provider on a long-term rental basis instead of an hourly basis.

    There is no formal commitment or expectation at this point in the process. Tell us what services you want to provide at this new community centre and fill out the form and share your interest by 4:30p.m. Sept. 30, 2023.

    The building is being renovated to accommodate community partners and recreational/cultural space. The facility has approximately 21,000 square feet of space for rent, programs and user groups, as well as an additional 9000 square feet of potential temporary space available to the community.

    Individuals, groups and service providers are all welcome to express their interest in the space. Following this process, a formal bidding process will be launched in 2024 with the chosen renter/service beginning in 2027. Later this year, the community will be asked about the types of recreational/cultural services or programs they would like to have within the new community centre at the former Robert Bateman high school. All of this information will ensure that the site will meet the needs of the community.

  • Former Robert Bateman High School – naming and sponsorship update report

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    The naming and sponsorship report is going to the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services meeting on June 28, 2023.


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