City extending fenced off area at Goldie Mill Park

Guelph, Ont., June 13, 2017 — The City of Guelph, with support from the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA), is closing an additional section of GRCA-owned land in Goldie Mill Park near the historic ruins.

The closure comes as part of ongoing work to address sinkholes on the site, and after environmental testing commissioned by the GRCA revealed chemicals in the soil may pose health risks.

The City will conduct environmental tests on its land adjacent to the park in the coming weeks when the GRCA undertakes additional tests, in order for both organizations to better understand potential risks and if actions are needed to address them. In the meantime, the City is closing the site to ensure the health and safety of members of the public and its employees.

The upcoming tests on the City’s portion of the site are expected to cost about $20,000, which will be funded through the City’s Facilities Management operating budget.

The extent and cost to address the existing soil condition on both the City and GRCA land will depend on the results of the tests, which will be made available on

Once the additional environmental testing is complete, the information collected will guide the City’s plan to address the sinkholes.

The City will continue to provide updates to the community in coordination with the GRCA.

For more information and a map of the closure, visit For more information on the environmental tests done to date, contact the GRCA at 1-866-900-4722 or [email protected].

About Goldie Mill Park

Goldie Mill Park, including the ruins, is owned by the GRCA and the City manages its maintenance and programming, including renting the ruins for events.

Media contact

Mario Petricevic
General Manager, Facilities Management
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2668
[email protected]