Category Archives: Sports and recreation

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


Prime time ice available

February 12, 2018

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


What do you think about a new Community Garden at Howitt Park? Have your say!

February 8, 2018

Do you live near Howitt Park? Are you interested in commenting on a newly-proposed community garden? Continue reading What do you think about a new Community Garden at Howitt Park? Have your say!


Have your say on the Mico Valeriote Park playground selection

February 5, 2018

We need your help in choosing a playground design for Mico Valeriote Park, located at 235 Elizabeth Street. During last fall’s engagement process, we heard from the community on the concept design, park features, playground theme, and overall preferred park design. 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 have been designed around this theme. The concepts meet the City’s expectations for quality, warranty, playability, creativity, and accessibility, and we believe the concepts also reflect the community’s outdoor recreational needs and aspirations. Have your say! Between February 5 and 18, 2018, vote for your favourite playground concept. Join the online conversation or view the Mico Valeriote Park… Continue reading Have your say on the Mico Valeriote Park playground selection


March Break fun

February 5, 2018

Regular fees apply for recreational swims and public skating. Recreational swims Victoria Road Recreation Centre Description Monday, March 12 Tuesday, March 13 Wednesday, March 14 Thursday, March 15 Friday, March 16 Saturday, March 17 Sunday, March 18 Public swim 2–3:30 p.m. 2–3:30 p.m. 2–3:30 p.m. 2–3:30 p.m. 2–3:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. 2–3:30 p.m. 2–3:30 p.m. Leisure swim 11:30 a.m. –1 p.m. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. n/a n/a Soothing Waters swim 8–9 p.m. 8–9 p.m. 8–9 p.m. 8–9 p.m. n/a n/a n/a West End Community Centre Description Monday, March 12 Tuesday, March 13 Wednesday, March 14 Thursday, March 15 Friday, March 16 Saturday, March 17 Sunday, March 18 Public swim 2–3:30 p.m. 2–3:30 p.m. 2–3:30… Continue reading March Break fun


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


Outdoor ice rink locations for 2018

December 22, 2017

Community ice rinks are maintained by neighbourhood volunteers. These unsupervised ice rinks are for everyone to enjoy. Rink locations (weather permitting) Brant Avenue Park: 601 Woodlawn Road East Carter Park: 1 Fletcher Court Colonial Drive Park: 181 Colonial Drive Dovercliffe Park: 38 Dovercliffe Road Exhibition Park: 81 London Road Gateway Drive School: 33 Gateway Drive Gosling Gardens Park: 75 Gosling Gardens Grange Road Park: 598 Grange Road Herb Markle Park: 175 Cardigan Street Jubilee Park: 11 Sweeny Drive Kortright Hills Park: 165 Milson Court MacAlister Park: 35 Hands Drive Mollison Park: 85 Downey Road Riverside Park, East: 55 Riverview Drive Sir Isaac Brock Public School: 111 Colonial Drive St. George’s Park: 40 Metcalfe Street Sunny Acres Park: 45 Edinburgh Road, North Waverley Park: 70 Balmoral… Continue reading Outdoor ice rink locations for 2018


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


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


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


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


Geotechnical investigations at various City parks

October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017 From Wednesday, November 1 to Friday, November 3, engineering consultants and contractors hired by the City of Guelph will be working in the following parks: Drummond Park, 10 Drummond Place Green Meadows Park, 245 Stevenson Street North Lee Street Park, 71 Lee Street Peter Misersky Park, 122 Hadati Road Skov Park, 580 Eramosa Road Sunny Acres Park, 45 Edinburgh Road North Steffler Park, 215 Ironwood Road Hanlon Creek Park, 505 Kortright Road West John Gamble Park, 594 Kortright Road West The City is conducting geotechnical investigations to understand the subgrade and soil conditions in preparation for future reconstruction works. Work is being carried out by V.A. Wood (Guelph) Inc. and their subcontractors. Drilling is expected to occur over a three–day period, weather… Continue reading Geotechnical investigations at various City parks


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


Survey: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update

October 19, 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 GTMP is an opportunity to incorporate additional items into the master plan such as new trail design guidelines, a trail promotion strategy, revised trail routes, and new types of trail facilities. An updated GTMP will reflect best practices, be consistent with the Official Plan and coordinate the City’s other trail-related guidelines, policies and strategies such as the Facility Accessibility Design Manual, Cycling Master Plan, and Active Transportation Network. Guelph Trail Master Plan Update survey Have your say: Guelph Trail Master Plan MindMixer Deadline for input is November… Continue reading Survey: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update


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


Community Garden applications being accepted for 2018

October 3, 2017

Are you interested in starting a community garden in your neighbourhood? Do you know anyone who might be interested in growing their own food? Applications for new community gardens are being accepted for the 2018 growing season. Download the form at guelph.ca/communitygardens. Applications must be received by October 31, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. What is a community garden? Community gardens are parcels of land used by neighbourhood residents to grow vegetables, herbs, pollinator flowers and/or fruit. They are important to our community as they contribute to food security, enhance property values, provide neighbourhood based   educational and social opportunities, and provide environmental benefits such as habitat for pollinators. For more information Samantha Dupre Community Stewardship Coordinator Parks Operations and Forestry 519-822-1260 extension 2655 samantha.dupre@guelph.ca  


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


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


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


Outdoor pools and splash pads

August 8, 2017

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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


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


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


City hosts Public Works Week open house May 25

May 17, 2017

Guelph, Ont., May 17, 2017 – In celebration of National Public Works Week—May 21 to 27—the City of Guelph is hosting an open house at its 45 and 50 Municipal Street locations on Thursday, May 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. The family-friendly event features a wide range of activities. Residents can check out heavy equipment and large truck displays, watch equipment demonstrations (trails, paving, sidewalk and curb pour, tree maintenance, and catch basin replacement), and get career information. “The open house is an opportunity for the community to meet our staff and see first-hand how public works professionals provide, maintain, and improve the City’s infrastructure and community assets that assure a higher quality of life for Guelph residents,” says Doug Godfrey, general manager of… Continue reading City hosts Public Works Week open house May 25


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.


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


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