People in the Southlands area of St. John's got a preview of their new community centre on Wednesday evening.

Residents of the residential development — which is partially surrounded by Mount Pearl — have been asking for a place to hold community events for more than ten years.

Steve Manuel said that such a centre is needed for families in the area.

"There's a lot of young kids, young families just starting out, so it'll be a great thing to have there," he said.

Right now, people in Southlands go to Mount Pearl for most of their recreation activities. Resident Michelle Miskell said the new centre will help people develop a better sense of where they belong.

"In order to do anything as a community or as a family, we use the Mount Pearl services, and yet we're paying St. John's taxes. So I think it will make people feel more positive about their community," she said.

Architect Ron Fougere, who presented the design, said it was "extremely well received," but said that the plans will be tweaked to allow for more public seating and better use of the space.

Construction of the building is expected to start next year.