Category Archives: Sports and recreation

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


Notice: Opening of City’s sports fields and ball diamonds is delayed

April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018 Due to the recent ice storm and lingering wintry conditions, we are delaying the official opening of the City’s sports fields, including ball diamonds. We expect to open ball diamonds on May 11 and sports fields on May 18. Delaying the official opening by about 11 days will help us maintain the integrity of our sports fields and provide safe playing conditions for our users. Currently, the sports fields remain covered in ice and snow and our employees haven’t been able to start the necessary preparations for the upcoming sports season. We do expect melting to occur over the next week when temperatures return to seasonal norms. However, soil conditions will be saturated and it will take some time for the ground… Continue reading Notice: Opening of City’s sports fields and ball diamonds is delayed


The draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw is now ready for review

April 20, 2018

Have your say between until May 3 The next phase of the Parkland Dedication Bylaw review is underway. We invite you to read the draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw and provide comments. The Parkland Dedication Bylaw requires developers to either transfer land to the City to be used as parkland or offer payment in lieu of the land. This bylaw is the City’s way of making sure that as Guelph grows, our parks and open spaces grow with it. Your feedback will help staff develop the final draft bylaw that will go to Council in summer 2018. You can mail or email your comments to Jyoti Pathak, Park Planner with the City of Guelph. Read the draft bylaw For information on the Parkland Dedication Bylaw review,… Continue reading The draft Parkland Dedication Bylaw is now ready for review


Sports field status

April 19, 2018

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


Construction notice: Skov Park tennis court replacement starts May 1

April 17, 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 1 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


City plans for remediation work at Goldie Mill Park

April 16, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 16, 2018 — The City of Guelph has received final soil testing results for Goldie Mill Park and is set to begin remediation work this summer. Site testing has confirmed earlier results; that chemicals in the soil are consistent with those typically found based on the site’s former manufacturing activities. Historically, the Goldie Mill property was used as a sawmill, foundry, cooperage, distillery, piggery and tannery. The west side of Joseph Wolfond Park was used for furniture manufacturing operations. Remediation work is part of the City’s plan to address soil conditions and sinkholes in the park, which is owned by the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) and managed by the City. A plan will be put in place to protect workers and… Continue reading City plans for remediation work at Goldie Mill Park


Upgrades coming to a playground near you

April 12, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 12, 2018 – Ten playgrounds across the city will be upgraded this year.  Each playground will be closed during construction. Parks receiving playground upgrades and the estimated construction period is as follows: Centennial Park, construction complete Jensen Park, currently under construction with a mid-April opening Carter Park, opening mid-May Guelph Lake, April 4 until mid-May Kimberley Park, April 4 until mid-May Springdale Park, April 16 until mid-May Waverley Park, May 18 until mid-June Mollison Park, June 22 until August 1 Oak Street Park, May 14 until mid-July Hugh Guthrie Park, May 21 until July 1 We appreciate your patience as we complete these important playground upgrades. Construction dates are dependent on weather conditions. Updates on the construction of these playgrounds will be… Continue reading Upgrades coming to a playground near you


Mico Valeriote Park tree removal starts April 6

April 5, 2018

New trees to be planted as part of park master plan Guelph, Ont., April 5, 2018 – The City of Guelph is working with Full Circle Tree Care to remove 2 trees and 12 saplings at Mico Valeriote Park on Friday, April 6. The removal of these trees, and the planting of 14 new trees, is part of the park’s new master plan. The majority of the trees in the park will remain; however, the removed trees will accommodate the park’s new features including new open space, a large playground, a water play pump and natural areas with seating and pathways. Construction of the new playground is scheduled to begin in summer and be completed by the end of 2018. For more information Mallory Lemon,… Continue reading Mico Valeriote Park tree removal starts April 6


Outdoor pools and splash pads

April 5, 2018

operating hours for Guelph’s outdoor swimming pool, splash pads and wading pools Continue reading Outdoor pools and splash pads


Flying discs, not UFOs, land at Riverside Park

April 4, 2018

April 14 grand opening event is canceled The grand opening of Riverside Park’s nine-hole disc golf course was scheduled for April 14. “Disc golf is a combination of ultimate frisbee and golf,” explains Ian Ferguson, supervisor of turf and sports fields for the City of Guelph. “Players move from hole to hole, trying to get their disc into the disc golf basket at each hole. The goal is to complete the course in as few throws as possible.” Update: The grand opening event scheduled for April 14 is canceled due to the weather “We’re really excited to open this disc golf course,” says Ferguson “This project is a good example of how good  ideas can be put to great  use for the benefit of our… Continue reading Flying discs, not UFOs, land at Riverside Park


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


Mico Valeriote Park Master Plan engagement summary

March 29, 2018

During last fall’s engagement process for Mico Valeriote Park, located at 235 Elizabeth Street, we heard from the community on the concept design, park features, playground theme, and overall preferred park design. Playground theme For the playground, the community was asked to vote on a favourite theme. The Woodland themed-concept received the most votes. As a result, three playground concepts were designed around this theme. The concepts met the City’s expectations for quality, warranty, playability, creativity, and accessibility, and we believe the concepts also reflected the community’s outdoor recreational needs and aspirations. Playground design Between February 5 and 18, 2018, the community was asked to vote on a favourite playground concept. One hundred and seventy two (172) people responded online and through email to vote for… Continue reading Mico Valeriote 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


Prime time ice available

March 26, 2018

Prime time ice available at City facilities. Continue reading Prime time ice available


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


Guelph’s Leadership Aquatic program for high school students

March 19, 2018

Hey, students and parents! Check this out. The Leadership Aquatic program, a partnership between the City and Upper Grand District School Board, is designed for high school students who want to receive the necessary training to become employed as a lifeguard and/or swim instructor. Students enrolled in the program also receive an aquatic physical education credit (course code PAQ402) and a recreation and healthy active leadership credit (course code PLF4M2) towards their high school diploma. Benefits The program is an opportunity for students to receive lifelong leadership and valuable job skills. Students in the program provide water safety education and conduct swimming lessons by volunteering with elementary school children. At the end of the semester, students are job ready and can attend a hiring screening… Continue reading Guelph’s Leadership Aquatic program for high school students


Riverside Park playground construction starts March 13

March 12, 2018

Construction of the new Riverside Park playground is set to start on March 13 and last through to June. Continue reading Riverside Park playground construction starts March 13


UPDATE: Silvercreek Trail closed starting February 22

February 26, 2018

South side of Silvercreek Trail from Edinburgh Road to Municipal Street UPDATE: The trail is now open as of February 26. The south side of Silvercreek Trail (a part of the Royal Recreation Trail) is closed due to flooding in the area from Edinburgh Road to Municipal Street. The trail will be closed until the flooding stops. Residents are reminded to stay away from rising waters. The City will update this notice and our social media feeds once the trail has reopened. The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this closure. For more information Dave Beaton, Supervisor, Trails and Natural Areas Stewardship Parks Operations and Forestry, Parks and Recreation 519-822-1260 extension 2761 dave.beaton@guelph.ca  


Register for spring/summer recreation programs starting March 7

February 21, 2018

Download it now or pick it up March 9 at City Hall, River Run Centre,West End Community Centre, Victoria Road Recreation Centre, Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and library branches in Guelph. Continue reading Register for spring/summer recreation programs starting March 7


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


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


Market Square ice rink status

January 10, 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 ice rink status


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’s 2018 rates and fees released

December 19, 2017

As part of the 2018 budget, City Council approved a series of rate and fee increases to ensure that the City is able to continue delivering programs and services that meet the community’s expectations. Continue reading City’s 2018 rates and fees released


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


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


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


Notice: Playground equipment replacements

November 14, 2017

All play equipment (swings, slides, climbers etc.) in the following neighbourhood/community parks will be replaced in 2018 with new equipment to meet current Canadian Standards Association standards: Drummond Park (Ward 1) 10 Drummond Place Green Meadows Park (Ward 1) 245 Stevenson Street North Lee Street Park (Ward 1) 71 Lee Street Peter Misersky Park (Ward 1) 122 Hadati Road Skov Park (Ward 2) 580 Eramosa Road Hanlon Creek Park (Ward 5) 505 Kortright Road West Steffler Park (Ward 5) 215 Ironwood Road John Gamble Park (Ward 6) 594 Kortright Road West Please submit your comments Your questions and comments will assist the City in choosing appropriate play equipment for your neighbourhood. Staff will consider the following: Comments submitted by residents Maximizing play value Diversifying the… Continue reading Notice: Playground equipment replacements


Construction notice: Silvercreek Trail extension

October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017 Starting October 23, the City of Guelph will begin construction on the Silvercreek Trail extension in Silvercreek Park, located at 142 Edinburgh Street South. The work will include: Clearing vegetation along the existing trail route; Constructing a three-metre wide asphalt trail, including drainage measures Installing information/education signs, permanent furniture, and naturalized plantings; Replacing existing shade structure with two new shade structures; Removing the volleyball courts; and Relocating parking During construction, park users can access the park’s open spaces and skatepark. However, if temporary closure of the park is required a notice will be posted. Vehicular access to the skatepark will be accommodated in Silvercreek Park on the east side of Edinburgh Road South. Park users are not permitted inside the construction fencing… Continue reading Construction notice: Silvercreek Trail extension


City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan

October 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 13, 2017 – The City of Guelph is gathering community input as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. The Guelph Trail Master Plan provides strategic direction and specific guidelines for work related to City trails, including trail planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, operation, promotion and maintenance. “Updating the existing master plan is an opportunity for us to incorporate additional items such as new trail design guidelines, a trail promotion strategy, revised trail routes, and new types of trail facilities,” says Helen White, a park planner with the City. Trail user groups are invited to attend an information session, including presentation, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at Guelph City Hall. A drop-in session for land owners… Continue reading City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan


Notice: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update information sessions

October 11, 2017

The City of Guelph is hosting three information sessions as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. Specifically, the City would like to hear from residents on the master plan goal, guiding principles, promotion strategy, trail route planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, maintenance and operation. Thursday, October 19 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (drop in) Guelph Public Library 100 Norfolk Street Thursday, October 19 7–9 p.m. (presentation at 7:30 p.m.) Evergreen Seniors Community Centre 683 Woolwich Street Saturday, October 21 7 a.m.–noon (drop in) Guelph Farmer’s Market 2 Gordon Street Have your say Can’t make it to an information session? An online survey will be available October 19 at guelph.ca/haveyoursay. Deadline for input is November 10, 2017. About the project The GTMP provides… Continue reading Notice: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update information sessions


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


South End Community Park stage II archeological investigation

September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017 Beginning on Wednesday, October 4, archeology consultants and contractors hired by the City of Guelph will be working in South End Community Park. The City is conducting a Stage II Archeological Assessment in the park in preparation for the design of the South End Community Centre. Work is being carried out by ASI (Archaeological Service Inc.) and their subcontractors. Selective borehole drilling is expected to occur over a four–day period, weather permitting. All holes are being drilled on public (City of Guelph) property. There are no road or park closures associated with the work. For more information Tiffany Hanna Park Planner, Open Space Planning Parks and Recreation 519-822-1260 extension 3371 tiffany.hanna@guelph.ca


Ellis Creek Park construction

September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017 In late June, the City of Guelph started the development and construction of Ellis Creek Park, located at 59 Westra Drive. The construction project includes the installation of playground equipment, asphalt and concrete pathways, shade features, seating areas, tree planting and naturalized plantings. During construction, there will be periodic closures of the existing trail. Residents are not permitted inside the construction fencing that marks the active construction zone. Once the fencing is removed, the entire park space will be accessible to the public. The work is being done by Euro Landscape Construction and Grounds Inc. and is expected to be completed by mid to late October 2017, weather depending. The project was originally expected to be done by September 30. However, unexpected… Continue reading Ellis Creek Park construction


City seeks input on parkland dedication strategy

September 22, 2017

Open house October 5 at City Hall Guelph, Ont., September 22, 2017 – The City of Guelph is inviting members of the public to attend an open house on Thursday, October 5, in updating its parkland dedication strategy. “Parkland dedication is one of a number of tools that the City uses to secure additions to its park system through the development approval process; it’s also a tool that can be employed to manage or facilitate growth in Guelph,” says Jyoti Pathak, a park planner with the City. The first session is from 2-4 p.m., followed by an evening session from 6-8 p.m. Both sessions take place at City Hall and there is a formal presentation within the first half hour. City staff and The Planning… Continue reading City seeks input on parkland dedication strategy


Notice: Parkland Dedication Bylaw open house

September 21, 2017

The City of Guelph is updating its parkland dedication strategy. This update is required under Section 42 of the Planning Act and will implement the revised parkland dedication policies adopted by Council under Section 7.3 of Official Plan Amendment 48. Learn more about the Parkland Dedication Bylaw review and update by joining City staff at a public open house. Thursday, October 5 2–4 p.m. (2:30 p.m. presentation) or 6–8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. presentation) Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street The open house is your opportunity to: view a presentation (background research, what we’ve heard from key stakeholders to date, and draft framework for parkland dedication in Guelph); ask questions about the project; and provide feedback to City staff and the project consultants. Have your say!… Continue reading Notice: Parkland Dedication Bylaw open house


Notice: Mico Valeriote Park geotechnical investigation

September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017 On Tuesday, September 19, engineering consultants and contractors hired by the City of Guelph will be working in Mico Valeriote Park. The City is conducting geotechnical investigations in the park to understand the subgrade and soil conditions in preparation for park reconstruction. Work is being carried out by Chung and Vander Doelen Engineering Ltd. and their subcontractors. Drilling is expected to occur over a one–day period, weather permitting. All holes are being drilled on public (City of Guelph) property. There are no road or park closures associated with the work. For more information Tiffany Hanna Park Planner Park and Open Space Planning 519-822-1260 extension 3371 tiffany.hanna@guelph.ca


City seeks input on Mico Valeriote Park

August 16, 2017

Guelph, Ont., August 16, 2017 – The City of Guelph is asking residents to help develop a new master plan for Mico Valeriote Park, located at 235 Elizabeth Street. The park master planning process is an opportunity for residents to review three concept designs and comment on possible amenities for the neighbourhood park. Given the park’s size and proximity to residential backyards, City staff are considering a combination of the following amenities: Community garden space Goal post for mini soccer Junior playground (ages 0 to five) Large accessible play structure Natural playground Outdoor ping pong or chess table Sandbox Seating areas Shelter Swing set Tricycle track with painted lines Walking/running path Influence park design Design concepts can be viewed at guelph.ca/micovaleriote and comments can be… Continue reading City seeks input on Mico Valeriote Park


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


Sorting it right in Guelph’s parks this summer

June 28, 2017

Pilot program aims to reduce recyclables going to landfill Guelph, Ont., Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – Wait! Don’t toss that empty plastic sports drink or water bottle into the garbage; use the blue recycling cart that’s provided. That’s the message from City staff to park users visiting one of Guelph’s 30 community and neighbourhood parks that are part of a two-stream (garbage and recycling) collection pilot program. “Guelph’s residents are already recycling at home and we want to encourage that same behaviour in our parks,” says Dave Beaton, supervisor of Trails and Natural Areas Stewardship. In May, the City installed 150 recycling blue carts and 50 waste grey carts in parks that have sports fields. To assist park users with what goes where, signs are… Continue reading Sorting it right in Guelph’s parks this summer


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


City extending fenced off area at Goldie Mill Park

June 13, 2017

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… Continue reading City extending fenced off area at Goldie Mill Park


Eastview Community Park construction

May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 In late May, the City of Guelph will begin construction of a new facility building in Eastview Community Park, located at 800 Watson Parkway North. The project involves the continued implementation of the Council-approved Eastview Park Master Plan. The new facility building will house four change rooms with showers, individual washrooms, two universal washrooms, two multi-stall accessible washrooms, a rentable concession space and storage space, two referee rooms, a first-aid room, janitorial room, and central service room. There will also be a mechanical room for a future splash pad. The site work will also include installing accessible pedestrian connections to the building entrances. The work will take about 40 weeks to complete. Site access Park access in the immediate work area will be… Continue reading Eastview Community Park construction


Notice: Silvercreek Park trail improvements

May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017 On May 11, the City of Guelph will begin trail work to improve a 100-metre section within Silvercreek Park at the end of Municipal Street. The work involves widening the trail to three metres, re-grading the slope to improve the grade and water drainage, and asphalting the trail to reduce ongoing erosion. The upgrades will limit the need for ongoing maintenance, improve the safety and accessibility of the trail, reduce the likelihood of sediment entering the Speed River, and make it easier to perform winter maintenance. The work should take four days to complete. No trees will be removed or damaged as part of this work and measures will be taken to control sediment during and after construction. This trail forms part… Continue reading Notice: Silvercreek Park trail improvements


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


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