Category Archives: Community

Canada Day holiday hours for City facilities and services

June 21, 2018

Holiday hours for the City of Guelph facilities and programs. Continue reading Canada Day holiday hours for City facilities and services


Free summer events in Market Square

June 20, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2018 – We’ve got great events in Market Square this summer from July 6 to August 24 — all for free! Movies in the Square Movies in the Square take place on Wilson Street and at Exhibition Park to free up parking on Carden Street. Movie nights start at 9 p.m. on Fridays. This year we’re showing: July 6 – The Lego Movie (on Wilson Street) July 20 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (on Wilson Street) August 10 – Ratatouille (on Wilson Street) August 24 – Finding Nemo (in Exhibition Park) On rainy days, the movies shown on Wilson Street will move inside City Hall, but the movie at Exhibition Park will be cancelled. John Galt Day On Saturday,… Continue reading Free summer events in Market Square


Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

June 19, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2018 – The community has selected the final design for the Ward to Downtown Bridge. Option one, featuring a bench, wide deck for river viewing, and a lookout area was voted as the favourite design option. “We’re very excited to see this project come to life,” says Luke Jefferson, manager of Open Space Planning with the City of Guelph. “Our community has waited a long time for a safe and vibrant bridge that connects one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods with the downtown.” Three designs were presented at a community open house on April 12, 2018 and 37 residents filled out a survey in person and online to select their favourite option. Option one was the most popular, with over 60… Continue reading Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


Evergreen seniors facility to close for six weeks

June 18, 2018

Parking lot and sidewalk repairs begin July 2 Guelph, Ont., June 18, 2018 – Starting July 2, the City of Guelph will begin repairs of the parking lot and sidewalk at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, located at 683 Woolwich Street. The work includes: Parking lot repairs and repaving Sidewalk replacement Lighting installation Garage waterproofing repairs As a result of this work, the parking lot and facility will close to the public for about six weeks. The Evergreen Restaurant will also temporarily close as of June 28 at 1 p.m. During the facility closure, the City will do general maintenance work such as cleaning, painting and minor repairs. Pedestrian and vehicular access to Riverside Residences on the Park will be maintained throughout the project and… Continue reading Evergreen seniors facility to close for six weeks


Are you on the voters’ list?

June 18, 2018

Check to see if you’re registered to vote in this fall’s municipal election Get on the list at voterlookup.ca Guelph, Ont., June 13, 2018 –If you’ve just moved to Guelph, are a new voter, or had a name or address change, you might want to check to see if you’re on the voters’ list. To cast your ballot on October 22 in the municipal election, you need to be on the voters’ list and now is the perfect time to confirm your information, or add your name with a few quick clicks online at voterlookup.ca “This voter look up tool is so easy to use and makes voting on Election Day just that much easier,” said Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk for City of Guelph. “We… Continue reading Are you on the voters’ list?


Hot Summer Nights – chill out with the Guelph Fire Department

June 12, 2018

Learn about fire safety and accident prevention. Meet emergency responders. Check out fire trucks, police cars and ambulances. Continue reading Hot Summer Nights – chill out with the Guelph Fire Department


Free fireworks shuttle on Canada Day!

June 11, 2018

It’s time to celebrate, Guelph! Canada turns 151 on July 1. Leave the car behind and take in the fireworks display at Riverside Park by hopping on board the Guelph Transit fireworks shuttle. Special thanks to our friends at Linamar Corporation for making this shuttle possible. From Guelph Central Station to Riverside Park Departing Guelph Central Station at 8:45 and 9:15 p.m. Shuttles will depart from platforms 5 and 20. Passengers will be dropped off as close as possible to Riverside Park as road closures may prevent the buses from travelling on Woolwich Street past Speedvale Avenue. From Riverside Park to downtown Shuttle buses will be stationed at the Woodlawn Road entrance to Riverside Park. They will depart between approximately 10 and 11 p.m. Additional… Continue reading Free fireworks shuttle on Canada Day!


Artists selected for 2018 Artist in Residence program

June 4, 2018

KIAM looking for images of the six wards for #YourWard project Guelph, Ont., June 4, 2018 – Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci (KIAM) have been named this year’s Artist in Residence team. KIAM’s project, titled #YourWard, will use images of each of Guelph’s wards to create six large-scale paintings that explore transitions in the urban environment. Their artistic style uses thick layers of acrylic paint and gel mediums, photographs and washes to create mixed-media paintings that draw attention to the contrasting perspectives on one canvas. “KIAM’s proposal ticked all of the boxes,” says Stacey Dunnigan, manager of culture and tourism for the City of Guelph. “Their project will foster collaboration and connection with Guelph’s historic wards.” To complete the pieces, KIAM is asking the community to… Continue reading Artists selected for 2018 Artist in Residence program


June is Recreation and Parks Month

June 1, 2018

Join in celebrating the benefits of recreation and parks in everyday life. Continue reading June is Recreation and Parks Month


Outdoor recreational fires not permitted

June 1, 2018

The City of Guelph prohibits outdoor recreational fires (e.g. fireplaces, fire pits, and chimineas). Failure to comply with open air burning regulations is an offence and carries a fine of up to $50,000 and/or one year in jail. Under the Ontario Fire Code, propane fuelled or natural gas fuelled appliances that simulate a campfire or fireplace are permitted, provided they meet the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. Cooking outdoors Open air burning is allowed if a person is cooking food on a grill, barbecue or spit. Such burning consists of a small, confined fire that is supervised at all times. Once cooking is finished, the fire must be put out. Please note: Cooking does not include roasting marshmallows or hot dogs. If the fire… Continue reading Outdoor recreational fires not permitted


Council unanimously accepts Our Energy Guelph’s community energy recommendations

May 29, 2018

Council approves City’s continuing partnership with task force Guelph, Ont., May 29, 2018—Last night, Guelph City Council acknowledged, in principle, the role of Our Energy Guelph as the implementer of the Community Energy Initiative going forward, and approved the City of Guelph’s continued association with Our Energy Guelph as a primary stakeholder and partner. Council also approved Our Energy Guelph’s recommendations for the community as outlined in the updated community energy plan, including a target for Guelph to become a net zero carbon community by 2050. The 2007 Guelph Community Energy Plan, now the Community Energy Initiative, was the first of its kind in North America. In 2016, Council directed staff to initiate an update. A community-based task force was recruited to lead the update… Continue reading Council unanimously accepts Our Energy Guelph’s community energy recommendations


Get active, try something new

May 28, 2018

Guelph, Ont., May 28, 2018 – It’s time to celebrate, get active and try something new as June marks Recreation and Parks Month, International Trails Day, and Seniors’ Month in Guelph. Throughout the month, we’re offering free activities so you can discover all that Guelph has to offer indoors at our recreation facilities and outdoors in our beautiful parks. Practice your serve at one of our many tennis/pickleball courts, spark imagination and creativity at your neighbourhood park, have fun with your little one at our preschool drop in, participate in a kettlebell or aquafit class, or join in a free swim at one of our indoor pools. June also marks the opening of our splash pads, wading pools and Lyon Leisure Pool. On Saturday, June… Continue reading Get active, try something new


Celebrate Paramedic Services Week

May 23, 2018

Guelph, Ont., May 23, 2018 – In celebration of national Paramedic Services Week, May 27 to June 2, the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) is hosting two information sessions to highlight the role of a paramedic in keeping the community healthy. The free sessions are happening from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 28 and Tuesday, May 29 at Stone Road Mall, located at 435 Stone Road West. Stop by the display booth and check out a paramedic first response unit, watch equipment demonstrations, get career information, and meet your paramedics. File of Life magnets are also being handed out to take home. The expectation is that you’ll record critical medical information on the magnet and place it on the outside of your fridge—a place… Continue reading Celebrate Paramedic Services Week


Come see what we do!

May 22, 2018

Join City staff on May 24 to celebrate Public Works Week Guelph, Ont., May 18, 2018 – In celebration of Public Works Week, we’re hosting an open house at 45 Municipal Street on Thursday, May 24. The family-friendly event will run from 3–7 p.m. featuring: City equipment and vehicles including an ambulance, Guelph Transit bus, zamboni and collections flusher City bylaw display including demonstrations of license plate recognition Construction and forestry teams explaining their work Traffic signal displays Food trucks providing food and drinks Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Guelph Food Bank. About National Public Works Week Since 1960, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has sponsored Public Works Week across Canada and the United States. This year’s theme… Continue reading Come see what we do!


Market Square water feature

May 18, 2018

Market Square skating rink is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weather permitting. Check this page regularly for ice rink status. Continue reading Market Square water feature


Guelph Junction Railway weed control

May 15, 2018

Weed control along Guelph Junction Railway tracks May 30-31, 2018 DBI Services will conduct weed control along Guelph Junction Railway tracks between Woodlawn Road and Victoria Road, excluding a section of tracks from Norwich Street East to just past Macdonell Street. Weed control will take place overnight May 30-31, 2018 starting at midnight (rain date is May 31–June 1). Trail impacts As an added safety precaution, the Downtown Trail will be closed between Speedvale Avenue and Marcon Street for about 12 hours after the weed control is applied. How we control weeds Corn starch–based control is used in all areas within 60 metres of waterways. A distilled mixture of Torpedo, Overdrive and Round-up is used in all other areas. These substances have been evaluated by… Continue reading Guelph Junction Railway weed control


Summer camp volunteers needed

May 10, 2018

Apply now to be a volunteer Want to make a difference in your community this summer? Come spend a day or week with us at camp! The City of Guelph’s summer camps include pottery, circus arts, extreme adventure, swimming, games, crafts and more! Volunteers need to be 14 years of age or older. Volunteering with the City’s summer camp program is an excellent way to do something great for the community, while having fun. High school students can earn credit towards their community involvement hours. What’s provided Volunteer training T-shirt What you need to know Summer camps run daily from July 3 to August 31.  Volunteer training is June 13 or June 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the West End Community Centre, 21 Imperial Road South. For more information… Continue reading Summer camp volunteers needed


Construction notice: Skov Park tennis court replacement starts May 14

May 5, 2018

Tennis players should use St. George’s Park in the interim Guelph, Ont., April 17, 2018 – The Skov Park tennis courts will be closed starting May 14 for replacement. The courts will reopen on July 1, 2018, weather permitting. The new courts will include new surfacing, nets and fencing. Anyone looking to continue playing tennis during May should use the tennis courts at St. George’s Park. For more information Stefan Ilic, Project Specialist Open Space Planning, Parks and Recreation City of Guelph 519-822-1260 extension 3349 stefan.ilic@guelph.ca


Over 1,300 volunteers made clean and green a breeze!

May 2, 2018

3,000 kilograms of garbage picked up  from parks and trails Guelph, Ont., May 1, 2018 – The 15th annual Clean and Green community clean up broke the record for the number of volunteers who came out to help green Guelph, despite challenging weather. “We couldn’t be more grateful for the number of people who turned out,” says Dave Beaton, supervisor of trails and natural areas stewardship with the City of Guelph. “We got iced out the previous weekend and we were worried the cold would keep people away, but our volunteers are a dedicated bunch.Thanks to them, our community is  greener and cleaner.” Over 1,300 volunteers participated, cleaning 57 parks and 61 trails and roadways, collecting a total of 3,000 kilograms of garbage.  A barbecue… Continue reading Over 1,300 volunteers made clean and green a breeze!


Are you emergency ready?

April 30, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 30, 2018 – National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6 to 12, and the City of Guelph is kicking off the week on May 2 with a day of fun and information to help you prepare your family for any emergency. “This year’s theme—Be Emergency Ready—highlights the importance that everyone has a role to play in being prepared for an emergency; and being prepared means having the knowledge and equipment necessary to better cope during an emergency,” says Dave Elloway, the City’s community emergency management coordinator. Join us Wednesday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West End Community Centre, 21 Imperial Road South, and spend the day browsing displays from community groups, local utility companies and emergency first… Continue reading Are you emergency ready?


City of Guelph flags lowered to half-mast to honour victims of Toronto vehicle attack

April 24, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 24, 2018 – City of Guelph flags have been lowered in tribute to the victims of yesterday’s horrific incident in Toronto, when a van drove into pedestrians, killing at least 10 people and injuring 15. “Our hearts are in Toronto today. Guelph is united with Toronto in grief in the face of this senseless attack on innocent people,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Guelph is thinking of our neighbours in Toronto today as they deal with this terrible tragedy. Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of the victims. We are also thinking of the first responders who rushed to the scene, and the bystanders who witnessed this shocking attack,” said Chief Administrative Officer Derrick Thomson. City of Guelph flags at… Continue reading City of Guelph flags lowered to half-mast to honour victims of Toronto vehicle attack


Annual street sweeping starts April 23

April 23, 2018

Check for signs on your street where parking will be impacted Guelph, Ont., April 23, 2018 – Our annual street sweeping program starts today and will be completed by the end of May, weather permitting. Guelph’s main roads will be completed first, followed by residential roads. Cars parked on signed streets across the city during scheduled sweeping will be towed. Visit guelph.ca/streetsweeping or see our map of on-street parking that will be effected during sweeping for more details. Street sweeping clears all 581 kilometres of City streets of sand and salt, deposited during our winter operations, and other debris. Aside from keeping our streets neat and tidy, spring street sweeping protects water quality and the environment by keeping pollutants out of Guelph’s ponds, rivers and… Continue reading Annual street sweeping starts April 23


We asked, you responded: survey feedback is in favour of a Howitt Park community garden

April 20, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 16, 2018 – The results are in! Out of the surveys received, 78 per cent of residents were in favour of a Howitt Park community garden. As a result, the garden will move ahead this summer. Residents who took the survey commented that the park was a “lovely idea”, especially for residents without a yard or garden of their own. They also believe it presents a greater opportunity to foster community togetherness and a love of local food. A few residents also shared their concerns, questions and comments about the proposed community garden including: impacts to the garden from pets and wildlife, vandalism, suitable location, infrastructure, and growing conditions, the development proposal for the property next door, the size of the garden,… Continue reading We asked, you responded: survey feedback is in favour of a Howitt Park community garden


To our volunteers; we thank you!

April 15, 2018

Please join the City in thanking its volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 10-16 and throughout the year. Continue reading To our volunteers; we thank you!


Freezing rain is coming: here’s what you need to know

April 13, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 13, 2018 – We are prepared for the forecasted freezing rain expected this weekend.  The following list will help you prepare too. Roads and sidewalks City crews will monitor the weather throughout the weekend and will apply salt and brine to the roads and sidewalks as needed. If you must drive, give yourself plenty of time to get around. You can follow our trucks at guelph.ca/snow. Report a road and sidewalk Trees Ice buildup can make trees heavy, causing branches to break and trees to fail. Even healthy trees that are structurally sound can fall under the weight of ice. Keep an eye on your private trees. Our forestry crews will be dealing with tree issues on City property, as they become… Continue reading Freezing rain is coming: here’s what you need to know


Notice: Noise control bylaw exemption

April 4, 2018

Under the City of Guelph’s Delegation Bylaw (2013) – 19529, the City has granted the University of Guelph an exemption from the City’s Noise Control Bylaw. The exemption will allow for night work from May 11-13, 18-22, 25-27 and June 1-3 at 95 Stone Road West for the replacement of boilers and pumps. If you may be impacted by this exemption, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at clerks@guelph.ca or 519-822-1260 extension 5603 no later than April 20, 2018 to request a review of the approval. For more information David Wiedrick, Manager, Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing Operations 519-822-1260 extension 3475 david.wiedrick@guelph.ca


Cedarvale Avenue Park Master Plan engagement summary

March 29, 2018

The City of Guelph is developing a park master for Cedarvale Avenue Park, located at 32 Cedarvale Avenue in the city’s east end. The park master planning process is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and assist the City in creating a master plan that reflects the community’s outdoor recreational needs and aspirations. What we’ve heard Phase 1 of the community engagement is now closed. Thank you to residents who participated in reviewing the two concept designs and voting on playground components for the neighbourhood park. In late 2017, residents provided comments and voted on two park concept plans. More residents voted for Concept B: Natural Slopes. As a result, the preferred concept plan was based on that concept. Resident input was used to… Continue reading Cedarvale Avenue Park Master Plan engagement summary


City receives provincial award for its age-friendly initiatives

March 26, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 26, 2018 – Earlier today, the City of Guelph was honoured with a 2018 Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award at the inaugural Age Friendly Community Symposium held in Toronto. The awards celebrate the work of Ontario communities that are striving to become age friendly. “Guelph is a great place to live and age well, and I’m proud our efforts to become an age-friendly community have been recognized with this notable provincial award. It’s an award our entire community can celebrate,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie. On hand to accept the award were Manon Germain, project specialist with Age-Friendly Guelph, and Adam Rutherford, programming and community development supervisor with the City. The recognition program, introduced last year by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, includes… Continue reading City receives provincial award for its age-friendly initiatives


Open House: Have your say on three concept designs for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

March 22, 2018

The City of Guelph is hosting a public open house to share and discuss three concept designs for a pedestrian bridge over the Speed River from St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown. The bridge will run parallel to the Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) train tracks, located just east of Wellington Street. Thursday, April 12, 2018 2–4 p.m. and 5:30–7:30 p.m. City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view and provide input on three bridge concepts. The City is looking to better understand what concepts are preferred, how the bridges will be used, and any impacts the bridge may have on individuals or the neighbourhood. City Staff and project consultants will be available to answer your questions.… Continue reading Open House: Have your say on three concept designs for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


City of Guelph and partners ask St. Patrick’s Day goers to be safe, be respectful and be accountable

March 13, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 12, 2018 – The City of Guelph, the University of Guelph, the Guelph Police Services, and Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario have joined forces to ensure St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are safe, respectful and enjoyable for everyone. “We know people like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We are just asking that they be mindful of noise, be respectful of residential property, clean up after themselves and stay safe,” said Doug Godfrey General Manager of the Operations Department at the City of Guelph. Every year for St. Patrick’s Day, the City’s bylaw team, the University and the Police, patrol and address issues throughout the day. This year, residents can expect an increased police presence and bylaw officers patrolling throughout the day and… Continue reading City of Guelph and partners ask St. Patrick’s Day goers to be safe, be respectful and be accountable


And then there were three!

February 21, 2018

Finalists have been selected for the Wilson Street art project Guelph, Ont., February 21, 2018 – Three finalists out of 53 applicants have been chosen for the next stage of the Wilson Street art project; they are: Brandon Vickerd of Hamilton, Ont. Robert Cram Workshop (Robert Cram and Eldon Garnet) of Toronto, Ont. Polymétis Projects (Nicholas Croft and Michaela MacLeod) of Toronto, Ont. One artist/team from the selected three will create an art piece for the corner of Wilson Street and Gordon Street just below the highly anticipated Wilson Street Parkade. The final art installation is a part of the Wilson Street reconstruction project. “We were overwhelmed with the response to our call for artists and are thrilled with the final three selections,” says Stacey… Continue reading And then there were three!


Guelph Sports Hall of Fame welcomes five inductees

February 20, 2018

Guelph, Ont., February 20, 2018 – The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce the names of the 2018 inductees who will be celebrated at a ceremony this May. This year’s inductees are Bryan DeCorso (athlete), Charles Robert Crowe (veteran athlete) and Rob Pavan (veteran athlete), Dave Scott-Thomas (builder), and in the team category the 2003 Guelph Royals Midget AAA Baseball Team. The induction ceremony will take place during the annual Kiwanis Sports Celebrity Dinner on Wednesday, May 16 at the Italian Canadian Club. Tickets, available March 5, are $80 per adult and $35 for students 17 years of age and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 519-822-1260 extension 2033 or email coralee.barfoot@guelph.ca. About the Guelph Sports… Continue reading Guelph Sports Hall of Fame welcomes five inductees


City improves application process for subsidy programs

January 25, 2018

Guelph, Ont., January 25, 2018 – The City of Guelph has introduced  a single-application process for residents who are applying for a subsidy program like the Affordable Buss Pass, Fee Assistance in Recreation (FAIR) and animal licensing. “This new process makes it much easier for our residents when filling out the paperwork,” says Alex Goss, manager of Community Investment. “The one application saves time and reduces the need for our residents to share sensitive information over and over again.” Residents can apply for the City’s subsidy programs online at guelph.ca under the How can we help you? tab. Residents can also download the application, fill it out and return it to Service Guelph at City Hall, the West End Community Centre, Victoria Road Recreation Centre,… Continue reading City improves application process for subsidy programs


Guelph third in new list of Canadian hot spots

January 19, 2018

Guelph has been recognized yet again as a great place to live and work, this time by the real estate and market trend data analysts at Point2 Homes in their list of millennial hot spots for 2018. The list ranked 85 cities by livability factors thought to be significant for the millennial generation including housing affordability, average income, unemployment rates and life satisfaction. Only Quebec City and Victoria ranked higher than Guelph. Our scores Point2 Homes ranked 85 cities in nine categories. Here are Guelph’s scores for all categories. Life satisfaction, 8th Health care, 9th Unemployment, 12th Income, 17th Percentage of millennials in our population, 18th Education, 22nd Crime rate, 25th Climate, 33rd Home prices, 45th Guelph shone particularly well in the areas of life… Continue reading Guelph third in new list of Canadian hot spots


City seeks input on Starwood Park design

January 15, 2018

Guelph, Ont., January 15, 2018 – The City of Guelph is asking residents to help develop a master plan for Starwood Park, located at 510 Starwood Drive in the city’s east end. The park master planning process is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and assist the City in creating a master plan that reflects the community’s outdoor recreational need and aspirations. Until January 26, residents can review three concept designs and vote on playground components for the neighbourhood park. The design concepts can be viewed at guelph.ca/starwood. Feedback received will inform the preferred park concept design and residents will have an opportunity to review and comment on the preferred design between March 5 and 16. Comments can also be emailed to Jyoti Pathak… Continue reading City seeks input on Starwood Park design


Extreme cold weather

December 22, 2017

Cold weather safety tips and emergency shelters. Continue reading Extreme cold weather


Tips for driving in winter weather conditions

December 21, 2017

Maximize your visibility Take the time to scrape and clear your windows properly, both inside and out, before proceeding. Clean all your mirrors, lights and windshield wipers. Remove snow from the hood and roof so that it doesn’t blow or fall onto the windshield or rear window as you drive. Snow in the outside air vents or off of your boots on the floor will vapourize as the cab air temperature increases and may reform as frost on the inside of the cold windshield. Use the air conditioner, if equipped, as it will help to remove the moisture from the air. Find and keep traction Traction is what allows you to control your vehicle – starting, stopping or turning requires traction between your tires and… Continue reading Tips for driving in winter weather conditions


City identifying, marking hazardous trees for removal

December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017 Over the next three weeks, the City will be identifying and marking public trees in ash dominated wooded areas that are dead or have the likely potential to become a hazard. Only trees that could fall on trails, private property, sidewalks, or roads are affected. The identification and marking of hazardous public trees is part of the City’s regular, ongoing tree maintenance, and aligns with the Emerald Ash Borer plan. Hazardous trees located in wooded areas within local parks and woodlots across Guelph will either be marked with an orange ‘X’ for removal, an orange dot for pruning, and blue paint to identify a potential wildlife tree. Removals are scheduled to begin in 2018. Natural areas include: Ellis Creek Hadati Creek Margaret… Continue reading City identifying, marking hazardous trees for removal


City seeks artist for Wilson Street public art project

December 18, 2017

Guelph, Ont., December 18, 2017—The City of Guelph invites artists  to apply for the  Wilson Street public art project— a commissioned project  to create a permanent outdoor art installation at the corner of Wilson Street and Gordon Street — an initiative of the Wilson Street reconstruction project. “We are very excited about the launch of this public art project,” says Stacey Dunnigan, the City’s manager of culture and tourism. “This opportunity furthers our goals of animating public space and creating new opportunities for the appreciation of public art while growing the City’s official collection.” This is a commissioned art project in two stages: Request for Pre-Qualifications (RFPQ) where artists (individuals or teams) submit their resume and references, digital images of past works, and a letter… Continue reading City seeks artist for Wilson Street public art project


Guelph City Council Approves Guelph Hydro Merger with Alectra

December 14, 2017

After more than a year of industry research, financial analysis, and community engagement, Guelph City Council voted in favour of a merger between Guelph Hydro Electric Systems and Alectra Inc. Continue reading Guelph City Council Approves Guelph Hydro Merger with Alectra


City seeks input on Cedarvale Avenue Park

December 11, 2017

Guelph, Ont., December 11, 2017 – The City of Guelph is asking residents to help develop a master plan for Cedarvale Avenue Park, located at 32 Cedarvale Avenue in the city’s east end. The park master planning process is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and assist the City in creating a master plan that reflects the community’s outdoor recreational need and aspirations. Until January 1, 2018, residents can review two concept designs and vote on playground components for the neighbourhood park. From January 29 to February 11, residents can review and comment on the preferred park concept design. Design concepts can be viewed at guelph.ca/cedarvaleavenue and comments can be submitted online or by emailing Helen White at helen.white@guelph.ca. Feedback received will inform the park… Continue reading City seeks input on Cedarvale Avenue Park


Eastview Road features multi-use path and wildlife crossings

December 4, 2017

Eastview Road has reopened to through traffic after four months of construction. The completed construction between Starwood Road and Watson Parkway North offers a number of new amenities for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and even wildlife, including some changes which cannot be seen. Continue reading Eastview Road features multi-use path and wildlife crossings


City completes negotiations, shares details about Guelph Hydro-Alectra merger

December 1, 2017

A report that shares the details about the proposed merger between Guelph Hydro and Alectra is now available on the City’s website. Continue reading City completes negotiations, shares details about Guelph Hydro-Alectra merger


Update on air quality after fire in Cambridge

November 21, 2017

Last night’s fire in Cambridge caused odours in Guelph. People can resume outdoor activities unless they experience coughing or throat irritation. Continue reading Update on air quality after fire in Cambridge


City hires architect for South End Community Centre detailed design

November 15, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) as the successful bidder for the South End Community Centre detailed design work. MJMA, a Toronto-based multidisciplinary design firm that specializes in projects that advance personal and civic wellness, was selected from 13 submissions received as part of the City’s Request for Proposal. “We’re excited to work with MJMA—a company that has a 30-year legacy of design excellence in aquatic, arena, sport and recreation projects,” says Heather Flaherty, general manager of Parks and Recreation, adding that MJMA has designed more than 25 facilities across Canada with similar amenities proposed for the South End Community Centre. Over the next few months, the project team, community stakeholders, and MJMA… Continue reading City hires architect for South End Community Centre detailed design


Where’s the plow? City of Guelph launches Plow Tracker map and plow out alerts

November 15, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017– If after a major snowfall, you’re asking where’s the plow, you can now check online. The City of Guelph has launched two new services — Plow Tracker, that will show snow plow locations, and one to advise residents of plow outs. The online Plow Tracker map will show residents the location of both City and contracted snow plows on primary, secondary and residential streets, as well as the location of the City sidewalk snow plows. Icons on the Plow Tracker map will distinguish between City-operated snow plows (in blue), contractor plows (in green) and sidewalk plows (in orange). “Our plow operators are ready for this winter season,” said Doug Godfrey, manager of operations for the City. “The Plow Tracker map… Continue reading Where’s the plow? City of Guelph launches Plow Tracker map and plow out alerts


Guelph makes Culture Days’ top 10 list for third year

November 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 13, 2017– Guelph has made the Culture Days Top Ten Cities and Towns list for 2017. Guelph moved up two spots in the ranking, placing eighth in the Populations of 50,000 to 499,999 category, tying with Thunder Bay. This is Guelph’s third year in a row as a top 10 city. “Guelph’s creative community has, once again, pulled out all the stops for Culture Days,” says Patti Broughton, executive director for Guelph Arts Council. “Guelph deserves this recognition as one of Canada’s great creative cities, full of year-round opportunities for residents and visitors to engage in the arts.” Guelph hosted over 40 different activities, events and exhibitions during the eighth annual Culture Days weekend in late September. Each year, Culture Days releases… Continue reading Guelph makes Culture Days’ top 10 list for third year


City of Guelph expands cenotaph Roll of Honour

November 9, 2017

Cenotaph names remember soldiers who died during active military service Guelph, Ont., November 9, 2017 – The names of 31 soldiers who served and died during the first and second World Wars will be added to the Guelph Roll of Honour cenotaph in 2018, decades after making the ultimate sacrifice. In 2014, the City of Guelph received inquiries from community members regarding names of military personnel they considered to be missing from the cenotaph.  This prompted the City to put a call out to  the community to submit names of members of the Canadian Forces from Guelph, who died as a result of their military service, and who are not  already identified on the Roll of Honour. The call for submissions generated 78 names that… Continue reading City of Guelph expands cenotaph Roll of Honour


Streets named after Veterans in 2016-2017

November 9, 2017

149 war casualties honoured as of November 2017 The City is proud to announce two new veteran-named streets in Guelph. Ambrous Crescent and Skinner Drive were named in honour of Archibald Charles Ambrous and Arthur Skinner. Guelph’s first known Veteran street name is McCrae Avenue, named in 1941 after World War I hero, John McCrae, and later renamed McCrae Boulevard in 1956. Since 1990, more war casualties have been honoured by naming 75 per cent of new city streets after Veterans. To date, 149 city streets have been named after Guelph’s war heroes, people of historical significance, and City staff who died while employed by the City. If you would like further information or to suggest a street name, please contact Planning Services at 519-837-5616.… Continue reading Streets named after Veterans in 2016-2017


You’re invited to the Wilson Street grand reopening

November 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 6, 2017 – City staff and the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) would like to invite Guelph residents to Wilson Street for the official grand reopening on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 10 a.m. – Live entertainment, face painting and interactive passport begins 12 p.m. – Ribbon cutting and speeches 12:30 p.m. – Live entertainment, face painting and interactive passport commences 1:50 p.m. – Closing remarks and prize draw* The reopening held on Wilson Street will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony by City of Guelph Mayor, Cam Guthrie. Some of the festivities will include local musicians such as Cynthia Kinunnen, Anna Wiebe, Charles Cares, Joni Nehrita, Rosa Loess and The Lifers playing in select Wilson Street businesses, face… Continue reading You’re invited to the Wilson Street grand reopening