Old South is a historic neighbourhood just south of Downtown London. It was originally developed in the middle of the 19th century, and was annexed by the City in 1890. The majority of homes in the neighbourhood date back to the turn of the 20th century, and range in style from small cottages to larger single family homes. Old South is home to Wortley Village, which serves as the commercial and cultural heart of the neighbourhood with its many shops and restaurants, as well as the Landon Branch Library.
There are many small neighbourhood parks in Old South, including Belvedere, Duchess Ave., Dunkirk Place, Rosel, and Gartshore. The Green Park is located behind the historic Normal School, which is operated by the YMCA of Western Ontario and is used for daycare, language classes, camp programming and administrative offices. The largest and most impressive park in the neighbourhood is Thames Park, which has tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a picnic shelter, a community garden, and connections to the Thames Valley Parkway. Farquharson Arena, with two ice pads, is also located in the neighbourhood.
There are a number of schools in the Old South neighbourhood. Victoria, Wortley Road, St. Martin, Mountsfield, and Tecumseh serve elementary aged children, and London South Collegiate Institute is the local high school. High school students may also attend Catholic Central Secondary School.
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Old South Community Organization
The Old South Community Organization (OSCO) is dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of life in the community, and throughout the city. They have represented the common interests of Old South London since 1975.