Category Archives: Recreation

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


Minor ammonia leak closes Exhibition Arena

December 9, 2017

Hockey tournament being rescheduled Guelph, Ont., December 9, 2017—Around 2:15 p.m. this afternoon, there was a minor ammonia leak at Exhibition Arena. A girl’s hockey tournament was underway when the leak was discovered. Everyone was safely evacuated and no injuries or illnesses were reported. “The leak has been found, stopped and is being repaired,” says Heather Flaherty, general manager of Parks and Recreation for the City of Guelph. “We’re working with the tournament coordinators to arrange delivery of items left in change rooms during the evacuation, and to reschedule the tournament.” Safety systems installed at the arena alerted staff to the issue which allowed them to act quickly to ensure everyone’s safety. Staff followed emergency protocols in place as per their training to safely evacuate… Continue reading Minor ammonia leak closes Exhibition Arena


Guelph Table Tennis Tournament

November 16, 2017

On March 3 and 4, 2018, the City of Guelph, Guelph Table Tennis Club and Guelph Wellington Seniors Association will co-host Guelph’s first-ever table tennis tournament. Youth tournament (ages 12 to 18) Saturday, March 3, 2018 12:30–7 p.m. Fee: $5 Code: 212574 Open tournament (ages 12 and older) Sunday, March 4, 2018 12:30–7 p.m. Fee: $7.50 Code: 212925 The two-day event will take place at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street. Register online now! Registration is open to residents living in the city of Guelph or Wellington County. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Maximum number of participants per day is 80. Please note: To register online, you will need a credit card and a family PIN number/login… Continue reading Guelph Table Tennis Tournament


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


Riverside Park home to future disc golf course

November 15, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017 – Disc golf enthusiasts will have a new course to play on in Guelph, come next spring. Construction on a nine-hole course in Riverside Park is set to begin this month. The course will be located near Riverview Drive in the park’s east end. “Riverside Park is a perfect fit for a disc golf course as it integrates into the existing park without affecting current uses,” says Ian Ferguson, supervisor of Turf and Sports Fields with the City of Guelph. The construction project includes installing targets (baskets), stone dust tee pads/decks, course signs, seating areas, and planting trees. There are no impacts to the use of the existing trail and park system during construction. The work is expected to be… Continue reading Riverside Park home to future disc golf course


Sports field status

November 3, 2017

Staff will make the decision by 2 p.m. if sports fields are to be closed for the duration of the day and evening. Continue reading Sports field status


City receives $115,400 from Ontario government

October 2, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 2, 2017– The City of Guelph has received grants totalling $115,400 from the Ministry of Seniors Affairs. The grants will help offset day-to-day operating and maintenance costs at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and West End Community Centre. In addition, two special grants, totalling $30,000, will cover items not funded by the maintenance and operating grants. At the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, the $15,000 special grant will pay for promotional signs for the Guelph-Wellington Seniors Association travel group, seating for the front lobby, chairs for the boardroom, fitness equipment for strength training and balance, brochure printing costs, training equipment, and First Aid certification training for volunteers. The $15,000 special grant for the West End Community Centre will pay for fitness equipment for… Continue reading City receives $115,400 from Ontario government


Registration for fall/winter City recreation programs is August 30

August 24, 2017

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, spend time on what matters by registering online for fall/winter City recreation programs.
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West End Community Centre pool closing for two months for maintenance

August 18, 2017

Guelph, Ont., August 18, 2017 – The pool at Guelph’s West End Community Centre will close for eight weeks, beginning Monday, August 28, to allow for maintenance work to be done. During the closure, patrons can access swimming lessons and recreational and fitness swim programs at Centennial Pool and Victoria Road Recreation Centre. Fall swimming lessons at the West End Community Centre will start the week of October 22. The annual maintenance shutdown, which is typically two weeks in length, generally includes draining the pool, cleaning, painting, tile repairs, and electrical and lighting upgrades. However, this year the pool will be closed for longer for regrouting of the tiles. In addition, work will take place in the change rooms. New lockers will be installed and… Continue reading West End Community Centre pool closing for two months for maintenance


Guelph updates its approach to wading pools, splash pads

August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017 Staff report – June 6, 2017 – PS-17-10 The City has updated its approach to wading pools and splash pads as it prepares to address aging infrastructure, water use, and future community outdoor recreational needs. This approach includes closing Guelph’s aging wading pools in Sunny Acres, Mico Valeriote and Exhibition parks and replacing them with a splash pad and/or other park amenity. The three wading pools have reached the end of their service life and require significant capital investment to maintain and keep them operational. The wading pools were built in 1947 (Sunny Acres), 1974 (Mico Valeriote) and 1970s (Exhibition). Before the wading pools are removed, park master plans will need to be completed and approved by Guelph City Council. As always,… Continue reading Guelph updates its approach to wading pools, splash pads


Outdoor pools and splash pads

August 8, 2017

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Looking for a park? Try the City’s new online tool

June 27, 2017

Guelph, Ont., Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – Finding a park in your neighbourhood got easier today, thanks to a new online locator tool launched by the City of Guelph. Residents and visitors to Guelph can use the tool, available at guelph.ca/parks, to search and find a park nearest to their location, get directions, search for a specific recreation or leisure activity offered, and learn about the park’s amenities such as a splash pad, play structure, picnic area and sports field. The City developed the tool as part of a system update to its inventory of all park assets. “We’re already collecting and recording the park information in our GIS system so making this information available to the public was an easy decision for us,” says… Continue reading Looking for a park? Try the City’s new online tool


Celebrate the grand reopening of Guelph’s Victoria Road Recreation Centre

June 20, 2017

Guelph, Ont., June 20, 2017 – The media and community are invited to join us on Saturday, June 24, as we host a grand reopening celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the newly renovated Victoria Road Recreation Centre, 151 Victoria Road North. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off the celebrations, followed by family-friendly activities, community displays and self-guided facility tours. Residents are also invited to take in a free public swim in the Victor Davis Pool between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The aging and outdated recreation facility, built in 1974, was renovated between March 2016 and June 2017 to improve accessibility, security, customer service, and to offer new programming space for leisure and recreation programs. For more information on the project, visit… Continue reading Celebrate the grand reopening of Guelph’s Victoria Road Recreation Centre


Summer water fun starts Saturday!

June 9, 2017

Guelph, Ont., June 9, 2017 – The City’s splash pads, wading pools and outdoor pool will be open weekends starting tomorrow, June 10, with the exception of Northview, South End and Jubilee splash pads. Weekend splash pad hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and daily operation begins Monday, June 26. Construction on the Northview splash pad is nearing completion and the City expects the splash pad will open on June 26. South End should open later this month, and Jubilee will open mid-July once unscheduled repairs are completed. Residents should check the City’s website, guelph.ca for opening dates. Lyon Leisure Pool, located at 258 York Road, begins daily operation on Thursday, June 29. Public swims are from 1 to 8 p.m. daily with additional swims… Continue reading Summer water fun starts Saturday!


Less than four weeks to grand reopening of Victoria Road Recreation Centre

June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017 The Victoria Road Recreation Centre grand reopening is less than four weeks away. Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the renovation project. Behind the scenes As of May 30, 2017, a summary of the work completed or underway. Pool Myrtha insert complete; lines painted 1.7 million litres of water in the lap pool Bulkhead assembly and installation complete Filtration room complete Pool deck tile finishing continues Washroom partitions installed Health department initial inspection complete New addition Millwork installed Lobby tile complete Elevator passed – TSSA Exterior doors installed Railings installed Washroom fixtures  and partitions installed  Arena Accessible door operators installed Barrier free glass installed New dehumidification unit to be installed prior to grand reopening Arena sound system installed… Continue reading Less than four weeks to grand reopening of Victoria Road Recreation Centre


Guelph celebrates Recreation and Parks Month

May 31, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 31, 2017 – June marks Recreation and Parks Month and the City of Guelph invites you to celebrate and get active by taking part in one of our free drop-in recreation activities or by visiting one of Guelph’s beautiful parks. Try your hand at archery or a game of quidditch at Riverside Park, participate in a Zumba or yoga class, or enjoy a free swim at one of our indoor pools—all in celebration of Recreation and Parks Month. This month long program is led by Parks and Recreation Ontario to promote the importance and benefits of being active and how recreation and parks contribute to quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. “Guelph is a community that celebrates the benefits of… Continue reading Guelph celebrates Recreation and Parks Month


Victoria Road Recreation Centre reno countdown is on!

May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017 Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of May 9, 2017, a summary of the work completed or underway. Pool Lifeguard office viewing completed Acoustic panels being installed on Natatorium walls Myrtha insert liner installation ongoing Bulkhead assembly and installation Filtration room assembly underway Pool deck tile installed Change room hallway painted and tiled New addition Millwork installed Lobby stairway installed Light fixtures installed Exterior doors installed Flooring prep work underway Washroom fixtures installed Arena Arena boards installed Painting of viewing area to begin Barrier free spectator heating to be complete Accessible features installed for door ways New dehumidification unit to be installed prior to grand opening Third floor… Continue reading Victoria Road Recreation Centre reno countdown is on!


Sports fields and ball diamonds closed until May 10

May 8, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 8, 2017 – We’re asking all residents and sports groups to not use City-owned and operated sports fields, including ball diamonds, until they are officially opened. Using the fields before they officially open can cause poor turf conditions. Please help us maintain the integrity of our City’s sports fields. Scheduled opening dates (Please note: These dates are subject to change as per weather and soil conditions). For more information about booking sports fields, call 519-837-5678 or email facilitybooking@guelph.ca.


Free events for Youth Week 2017

May 1, 2017

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Time capsule reveal set for Monday

April 27, 2017

Guelph, Ont., April 27, 2017 – You are invited to witness the opening of a 43-year-old time capsule found deep within the walls of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre. The capsule opening will take place on Monday, May 1 at 1 p.m. in Council Chambers. “There’s a lot of excitement and speculation as to what we might find inside the capsule,” says Heather Flaherty, general manager of Parks and Recreation. Contractors working on the $15.1 million Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation project discovered the time capsule last August when they moved the cornerstone and it cracked, exposing the medium-size brass box. Although there’s no known record of a time capsule being buried at the time of construction in 1973, Flaherty says there was some inkling… Continue reading Time capsule reveal set for Monday


Guelph Community Pottery Centre finds new permanent home

April 26, 2017

Guelph, Ont., Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – For the past two decades, the Guelph Community Pottery Centre has never had a studio space to call its own; that all changed earlier this month when the pottery centre relocated from a shared space to a newly renovated facility at 14 Edinburgh Road South. “Having a dedicated, permanent teaching space allows us to offer more pottery classes, workshops and open studio, giving the community more opportunity to get involved in the art of pottery. We’re also excited to use the outdoor green space for programming and pottery art exhibits,” says Tonie Sacchetti, recreation program coordinator at the City. The pottery centre, located within a short walk from a Guelph Transit stop, is equipped with 10 electric pottery… Continue reading Guelph Community Pottery Centre finds new permanent home


April marks one year construction anniversary of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation

April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017 Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of April 11, 2017, a summary of the work completed or underway. Pool Pool gutters filled and water tightness test conducted Installation of ceramic tile in teaching pool complete Myrtha insert liner installation ongoing Bulkhead assembly and installation New LED lights installed Filtration room assembly underway Pool Filter room work ongoing Change room hallway painted and tiled Acoustic tile installation to begin New addition Ceiling drywall underway Masonry work completed in vestibule Painting in all rooms ongoing Glass installed in hallways Door installation underway Arena Arena board replacement underway New dehumidification unit to be installed prior to grand reopening Third floor Millwork… Continue reading April marks one year construction anniversary of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation


Construction update: Victoria Road Recreation Centre

March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017 Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of March 29, 2017, a summary of the work completed or underway. Pool Installation of doors Curtain wall installed in nanatorium Installation of ceramic tile in teaching pool Myrtha insert ongoing Bulkhead assembly and installation New LED lights installed Painting continues Filtration room assembly underway New addition Ceiling framing complete Masonry work completed in vestibule Siding installation ongoing Metal siding install has begun Lobby walls ready for painting Arena Ice removed New arena boards to be replaced in April New dehumidification unit to be installed prior to grand opening Header trench work being finalized New change room doors installed Third floor Stairwell… Continue reading Construction update: Victoria Road Recreation Centre


Be lifeguard/aquatic instructor ready

March 24, 2017

The City of Guelph’s Aquatic division is offering a 12-week program for adults interested in becoming a lifeguard or an aquatic instructor at the City. Spring 2017 session Monday/Wednesday April 3 to June 22 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. West End Community Centre Fee: $455 plus HST Note: Payment plan option is available Registration To register for this program, call 519-822-1260 extension 2603 or email aquatics@guelph.ca. Interviews will be conducted to determine your acceptance into the program. Program details This 12-week program is designed to teach you the required skills to work as a lifeguard or an aquatic instructor at the City of Guelph. Training includes the following certifications: Bronze Medallion Bronze Cross Standard First Aid with CPR C National Lifeguard Swim Instructors Benefits of working in… Continue reading Be lifeguard/aquatic instructor ready


Go behind the scenes at Victoria Road Recreation Centre

March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017 Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of March 14, 2017, a summary of the work completed or underway. Pool New pool deck drainage complete Teaching pool forming, water and pressure tests complete Preparing teaching pool for ceramic tile Myrtha insert work continuing New anchors installed for diving board placement Lockers in place in change rooms Painting continues  New addition Curtain wall complete Bulkhead work ongoing in lobby and along pool wall Metal roof work almost complete Metal siding install has begun Lobby walls—drywall taping complete  Arena Ice rentals winding up New arena boards to be replaced in April New dehumidification unit to be installed prior to grand reopening Header… Continue reading Go behind the scenes at Victoria Road Recreation Centre


City of Guelph named 2017 Municipality of the Year

March 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., March 6, 2017 — The City of Guelph received the 2017 Municipality of the Year Award from Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) at its annual conference last Friday. Through this special award, FEO recognizes municipalities, towns and cities that have worked, through concentrated efforts, to openly encourage, support and provide an atmosphere beneficial to successful festivals and events. Patricia Pizziola and Alexandra Marson, who work in the City’s Recreation Support Services division, accepted the award at a presentation held in Sault Ste. Marie. The City received the award, presented by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, in the category of population more than 50,000 and less than 150,000. “We’re extremely pleased that our team has been recognized for the customer service and support… Continue reading City of Guelph named 2017 Municipality of the Year


Plans underway for Victoria Road Recreation Centre grand reopening

February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 Plans are underway for the June 24 grand reopening of Victoria Road Recreation Centre. Watch for details in the coming weeks. Behind the scenes As of February 22, 2017, a summary of the work completed or underway. New addition Installed remaining curtain wall Sprinkler mains in filtration room installed Roof install underway including gutter tie in Installing rails in elevator shaft and elevator machine room equipment Continue spray foam install along exterior walls Pool Continue Myrtha gutter install, completed lap pool drain pipe install, started pool deck trench drain install, form surge tank lid Ceramic floor tile work in change rooms Locker install in pool change rooms Continued backfilling of lap and teaching pools, excavated for pool deck drain piping Continue installing… Continue reading Plans underway for Victoria Road Recreation Centre grand reopening


Spring/summer registration begins March 1

February 15, 2017

The Spring/Summer 2017 Guelph Community Guide is available. Visit guelph.ca/guide to view/download or pick up a hard copy at your local community centre, City Hall or library. Registration for spring/summer recreation and leisure programs begins Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 a.m. Regular hours apply after March 1. Three ways to register: Online at regexpress.guelph.ca. For first time registrants call 519-837-5699, prior to March 1, to obtain your family PIN account number and personal ID. Phone at 519-837-5699 (TTY 519-826-9771) In person at Centennial Pool, Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, ServiceGuelph and West End Community Centre


Construction continues at Victoria Road Recreation Centre

January 31, 2017

Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of January 31, 2017, a summary of the work completed or underway. New addition Washroom  and waterline main rough-ins  going in Masonry walls continue to be installed Sprinkler pipe install Third floor T-bar ceiling framing Continue spray foam installation of addition exterior walls, fire spray underside of second/third floor mezzanines Begin change room tile floor install Curtain wall install Door frame install continuing on all floors Court yard base plates and steel installed Metal roof install Pool area Underground pool deck drainage piping around pool Continued addition duct install, insulate duct work in addition Teaching pool ramp, bench, and steps formed and poured Continuing Myrtha… Continue reading Construction continues at Victoria Road Recreation Centre


Countdown is on!

January 13, 2017

With only 15 weeks left in the main construction schedule, there are many things happening at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre. Behind the scenes As of January 13, 2017, a summary of the work completed or underway. Pool area Teaching pool  has been poured Main pool insert work has begun Change rooms and washrooms are ready for plumbing fixtures and lighting Open areas are awaiting glass glazing Walls have been prepped for acoustic panels Ceiling and duct work has been painted New addition Floor poured Stair treads on all levels to be poured Framing has begun for ne multipurpose room Millwork measurements have been taken for customer service counter Second floor Masonry work continuing Washroom upgrades underway Railing installed Lobby being prepared for concrete pour… Continue reading Countdown is on!


City experiencing electronic system outage

December 1, 2016

UPDATE: December 2, 2016 – The City’s payment, program registration and overnight parking exemption systems are back up and running today. The City apologizes for yesterday’s inconvenience, and thanks residents and patrons for their patience. *** Guelph, Ont., December 1, 2016 – Today’s electronic system outage is affecting some City services; however, staff is working to get all systems up and running as soon as possible. The payment, registration and overnight parking exemption systems are currently not available. Residents looking to make payments or purchases can pay with cash or cheque. The City is not able to accept debit or credit payments at this time. Currently, the River Run Centre box office is unaffected by this outage. In addition, the City’s program registration system is currently… Continue reading City experiencing electronic system outage


Courtyard takes shape

October 21, 2016

Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of October 20, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Community engagement survey (recreation programming) continues Partial occupancy of arena—October 15 users on the ice Parking lot lights being installed Courtyard foundation in Masonry work continuing in pool change room area Structural steel going on new addition guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


We’ve got partial occupancy

October 4, 2016

Today, October 4, City staff will take over occupancy of the arena and begin preparations for ice making. Ice users will take to the ice on October 15. Construction crews have also been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of October 4, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Arena ceiling painting complete Washroom partitions at arena change room washrooms Fencing to be installed for arena patrons Courtyard foundation to be formed and poured Onsite structural steel started Duct work at penthouse; rough-in at first floor masonry walls; install water meter guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


Survey: Victoria Road Recreation Centre multi-purpose room programming

September 27, 2016

We’re excited to share that four new multi-purpose rooms will be part of the newly renovated Victoria Road Recreation Centre when it opens in late spring 2017. In addition to community use, there is an opportunity to offer registered recreation/leisure programming in these spaces. We want to hear from you Share your opinion on what programs you would like to see by taking our short survey. Note: survey closes Monday, November 7. Your input will assist City staff in developing programming for fall 2017—programming that best reflects the community’s recreational needs. Hard copies of the survey are available at City community centres. Alternate formats are available as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act by calling 519-822-1260 extension 2677 or TTY 519-826-9771. Provide input now!


Silvercreek Skatepark closed September 21 and 23

September 20, 2016

Silvercreek Skatepark is closed on Wednesday, September 21 and Friday, September 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The closure allows the contractor to install the shade structures (sails) as part of the skatepark’s finishing touches.  


Caution: Wet paint!

September 6, 2016

Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of September 6, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. All requirements are on track for partial occupancy of arena New LED lighting installed in arena Arena change rooms being painted Emergency lights and exist signs installed in arena Showers tiled Penthouse work ongoing Filter room foundation poured For a behind-the-scenes look, visit guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


Free Energize Guelph Fall 2016 Programs

September 6, 2016

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Partial occupancy of arena scheduled for October 1

September 2, 2016

Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of August 30, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Emergency lighting installed in arena Footings poured in filtration room Arena ceiling painted Structural steel installed in penthouse Ceramic tile installed in arena change room showers Pool change room slab on grade poured Watermain connection at Victoria Road Partial occupancy of arena scheduled for October 1 For a behind-the-scenes look, visit guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


Masonry work begins

August 9, 2016

Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of August 3, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Penthouse roof removed New air handling roof top units installed Structural steel in place for third floor barrier free area West wall foundation poured Stormwater gallery in place New waterline trenching to road Masonry work beginning on third floor As of August 9, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Air handling equipment was craned up to mechanical penthouse Water softeners installed New watermain excavation underway Waterproofing of new addition – West foundation wall in progress Skate tile flooring removal Fire sprinkler system being installed in arena Check out our construction… Continue reading Masonry work begins


Elevator work happening

July 19, 2016

Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of July 18, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Elevator—form, place rebar and pour concrete at elevator shaft Preparation for air handling units to be installed in penthouse Level  and compact granular material at pool change rooms Watermain replacement work underway Arena sprinkler system work ongoing guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


Construction is moving along

July 14, 2016

Over the past two weeks, construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes A summary of the work completed as of June 13, 2016. Excavation for underpinning – pool filtration room Installation of sanitary services manhole Footings installed for new addition Sprinkler work beginning in Arena Masonry work beginning on second and third floors guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


City publishes quarterly updates on large construction projects

July 14, 2016

policuelph, Ont., July 14, 2016 – Quarterly updates that include budget and progress status are now publicly available for three of the City’s major capital projects. “Consistent public reporting is one aspect of our commitment to evolve our project management practices on large-scale construction projects,” said Scott Stewart, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. “We’re accountable to manage these projects well and that involves routinely communicating the status of the schedules and budgets.” The updates are available for the City’s capital projects that are considered complex and high risk, based on a number of factors that include price. These factors are listed in a tiered classification framework for project management standards, developed by the City’s Project Management Office. The three projects… Continue reading City publishes quarterly updates on large construction projects


Ontario announces year-three Seniors Community Grant recipients

June 20, 2016

Ontario is investing up to $13,990 in three projects in Guelph and Wellington County through the Seniors Community Grant program, which will help seniors stay connected, active and engaged in their communities. Continue reading Ontario announces year-three Seniors Community Grant recipients


Construction, demolition work well underway

June 20, 2016

Victoria Road Recreation Centre is a shadow of its former self as work continues on the renovation project. Behind the scenes A summary of the work completed as of June 13, 2016. Main entrance demolition complete Pedestrian entrance ramp demolished to make way for new addition Interior walls at pool level removed for new change rooms Pool filter room equipment removed and demolished for expansion Main lobby demolition complete Plumbing, electrical and mechanical work ongoing New tube heaters installed at arena bleachers New arena lighting roughed in for replacement Existing teaching pool demolished Pool bulkhead removed Mechanical room (penthouse) equipment removed HVAC rough-ins continuing Tile removed from arena level washrooms and showers Storm and sanitary site services installed New hydro duct bank installed for electrical… Continue reading Construction, demolition work well underway


Silvercreek Skatepark opens Thursday afternoon

June 7, 2016

Guelph, Ont., June 7, 2016 – The media is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 9 to mark the opening of Guelph’s first-ever community skatepark. The skateboard facility—located in Silvercreek Park—features a variety of elements to challenge novice through expert riders. The Silvercreek Skatepark combines the best of transition/bowl features (think swimming pool made for skateboarding) with banks, rails, stairs and ledges that riders crave in the streets. The skatepark’s location within a park setting allows for great sightlines, includes shaded areas and is in a central location on a major transportation/bus route that allows for equitable access across the community. The skatepark was built by Gateman Milloy Inc., who was awarded the $905,510 (excluding taxes) project last fall. What Silvercreek Skatepark… Continue reading Silvercreek Skatepark opens Thursday afternoon


Guelph’s parks get activated

June 6, 2016

Guelph, Ont., June 6, 2016 – In time for the summer season, Energize Guelph has launched a Park Activation program. Park Activation introduces new and unique ways for families to use park spaces, makes it easier for children to get active, and helps to improve a child’s physical and mental well-being. Kids and parents visiting Margaret Greene, Lee Street, Orin Reid and Exhibition parks—now until September—will be greeted by park activators (City program staff) who will introduce fun, new activities and ways to explore park spaces. Starting June 6, look for park activators on: Mondays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Margaret Greene Park, 80 Westwood Road Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Lee Street Park, 71 Lee Street Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Orin… Continue reading Guelph’s parks get activated


Summer camp volunteers needed

June 1, 2016

Want to make a difference in your community this summer? Come spend a day or week with us at camp! City of Guelph summer camps include pottery, archery, mad science, magic, swimming, splash pad visits, games, crafts and more! Volunteers need to be 14 years of age or older. Volunteering with the City of Guelph’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 Training T-shirt What you need to know Summer camps run daily from July 4 to September 2.  Volunteer training is June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the West End Community Centre, 29 Imperial Road South. Apply now to be a volunteer!… Continue reading Summer camp volunteers needed


Free summer events in Guelph’s Market Square

May 30, 2016

Guelph, Ont., May 30, 2016 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce its summer lineup of free events and activities in Market Square. National Aboriginal Day, observed annually on June 21, is a day when Canadians from all walks of life come together to celebrate the rich culture, unique heritage and notable achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Canada. Music and dancing, food and craft vendors, demonstrations and drum circles will take place in Market Square from 6 to 8 p.m., and all are welcome to share in the celebration. This year’s Movies in the Square series offers a variety of family-friendly favourites. Taking place on select Fridays throughout the summer and beginning at 9 p.m., families, friends, and movie… Continue reading Free summer events in Guelph’s Market Square


Council gives final green light for renovations to start

March 23, 2016

On March 31, 2016 Victoria Road Recreation Centre (VRRC) will close to the public for 12 to 15 months while the facility undergoes extensive renovations. Continue reading Council gives final green light for renovations to start


City launches Energize Guelph initiative on February 12

February 10, 2016

Community invited to participate in kick-off celebration Guelph, Ont., February 10, 2016 – On Friday, February 12, the City of Guelph will launch Energize Guelph, a local initiative of the province’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge. The free kick-off event, from 5 to 8 p.m. inside City Hall, is open to all ages and includes live music, games and activities, and hot chocolate. There will also be ice skating, weather permitting, in Market Square. Energize Guelph representatives will be onsite providing information about the program, which aims to support the well-being of Guelph’s children and youth through the promotion of healthy eating, physical activity and healthy behaviours. What Energize Guelph official launch Who Mayor Cam Guthrie Energize Guelph representatives Various youth bands Where City Hall Galleria/Market… Continue reading City launches Energize Guelph initiative on February 12