Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney this week turned the first sod for the new centre.
Said Councillor Mellon said: “I’m absolutely delighted that work has started on the new Galliagh Community Centre.
“This is great news for the people of Galliagh that we will now see a new, modern state-of-the-art facility in the heart of the area.
“I would like to acknowledge the support from Minister Carál Ní Chuilín in allocating £735,000 towards delivering the project.
“I want to commend all those who have worked tirelessly over the years to deliver a first class facility for the people of Galliagh and I look forward to seeing it open in the near future.”