Activating Guelph’s parks

Canada Day weekend fun in Margaret Greene and Exhibition parks

Guelph, Ont., June 25, 2018 – Get ready kids, the City is expanding its popular Park Activation program by introducing two activation stations in Margaret Greene and Exhibition parks.

“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. We’re excited to add the activation stations for a truly interactive park experience,” says Rachel Guerin, project specialist with Energize Guelph.

The activation stations—modified shipping containers—arrive later this summer and when they do they’ll be open to the public, weather permitting, on Mondays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Margaret Greene Park, and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Exhibition Park. Visit guelph.ca/energizeguelph for updates.

Each container holds equipment designed to help children grow and develop their skills while having fun. For example, the Imagination Playground is a block-based system that children can build with their own imagination. Other activities include sand and water for sensory play, a mini library, chalkboards, magnet boards, and creative spaces for children to be artistic.

To encourage physical activity and gross motor development, there are parachutes and four foot inflatable balls. On the backside of the activation station, children are encouraged to draw and paint on the mural wall. A living wall is also planned for children and families to garden and discover their green thumbs.

Kids and parents visiting 11 of Guelph’s parks  through August 30 will be greeted by park activators (City program staff) who will introduce fun, new activities and ways to explore park spaces.

For the Canada Day long weekend, June 30 to July 2, park activators will be out at Margaret Greene Park from 9 to 11 a.m. and Exhibition Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For the rest of the summer, look for the Energize Guelph flags on:

  • Mondays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Margaret Greene Park, 80 Westwood Road
    Victoria Road Recreation Centre, 151 Victoria Road North
  • Tuesdays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Lee Street Park, 71 Lee Street
    Riverside Park, 709 Woolwich Street
  • Wednesdays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Royal City Park, 119 Gordon Street
    Waverley Park, 76 Balmoral Drive
  • Thursdays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Exhibition Park, 81 London Road West
    Northview Park, Bowen Drive at Mullin Drive
  • Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    South End Community Park, 25 Poppy Drive
    Sunny Acres Park, 45 Edinburgh Road
  • Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Exhibition Park, 81 London Road West
    Jubilee Park, 11 Sweeney Drive

The City’s program is designed for anyone who wants to participate and parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in on the fun.

Residents looking for more information should call 519-822-1260 extension 3451 or email energizeguelph@guelph.ca.

The Park Activation program is funded by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Community Fund.

Media contact

Rachel Guerin, Project Specialist
Healthy Kids Community Challenge (Energize Guelph)
Parks and Recreation
519-822-1260 extension 3451
rachel.guerin@guelph.ca