Over the last little while I’ve had a few inquiries as to what’s happening with the park structure at Centennial Park. Staff have provided a response which I’m sharing with you all here below.



“I apologize for the inconvenience that Centennial Park play equipment removal has created. It is unfortunate that timing could not match for the existing play equipment to be removed closer to when the new play equipment is to be installed. Public safety is always our number one priority and there was concerns about the condition of the structure. Our operations staff who are trained to inspect play equipment for conformance with Canadian Safety Association (CSA) standards , determined that they could no longer ensure compliance. Parks and Recreation staff also recently received a resident concern about the safety of the structure and acted accordingly.

Initially Centennial Park was to receive new play equipment last year and a public contract tender for installation came in over budget so City staff reworked the project and have tendered the design and implementation for this year. Currently the play structure is planned for a September replacement. City staff are working as quick as they can to get the equipment installed. The design for Centennial play equipment is being finalized and includes new concrete curbing, drainage and seating. The longest timeline in getting a play structure installed is the 6-8 week order time with the play equipment company. Centennial play equipment will be replaced at the same time as 9 other play structures and for efficiency in cost and sharing of resources they are being coordinated as one project.
I hope this helps explain the current situation for Centennial.”

Always remember folks that these businesses will remain open!

Wilson Street reconstruction – Phase 2 

Northumberland Street to Macdonell Street

Notice date: June 22, 2017

About the project:

The City is working with Drexler Construction to upgrade underground water and sewer pipes on Wilson Street from Northumberland Street to Macdonell Street. The work also includes the replacement of curb and gutter, sidewalks, landscaping, paver brick and surface finishes identified in the Downtown Streetscape Manual, and the installation of a pedestrian island on Macdonell Street. Wilson Street’s current two-lane configuration will be maintained for this section of the street.

This work is part of the Wilson Street reconstruction and parkade project.

Construction begins July 24

The construction is scheduled to start on or about Monday, July 24 and be completed by the end of October 2017, weather permitting.

Road closures and Wilson Street parking lot access

During construction, Wilson Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from Northumberland Street to Macdonell Street. The detour route during construction will be along Norfolk Street and Macdonell Street.

The Wilson Street parking lot will be closed for four (4) consecutive weeks to permit the contractor to install the underground utilities. The exact dates for the parking lot closure and alternative parking arrangements will be shared as soon as they are determined. The section of Wilson Street from Northumberland Street to Gordon Street will also be closed to vehicle traffic during the parking lot closure. 

Pedestrian access

Pedestrian access to local businesses will be maintained during construction. The contractor will leave the existing sidewalk in place as long as possible and will install rubber mats to maintain pedestrian access once the existing sidewalk is removed.

Property and business access

All businesses in the construction area remain open and accessible throughout construction.

Guelph Transit

Guelph Transit route 5, 8 and 9 will be temporarily detoured during construction. Visit guelphtransit.ca for information about bus stop changes and route detours.

City services

There will be no interruption to any City services during construction. Waste collection will not be affected. Please continue to place your green, blue and grey carts at the curb, as per your regular schedule. Construction staff will move waste carts to a location where collection can occur. Please ensure that the street address is clearly marked on your waste carts so they can be returned to the proper address.

The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project. Project details and any updates will be posted on guelph.ca/construction. 

For more information:

For more information about the project, or if you require this document to be provided in an alternative format as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), please contact:

Andrew Janes, P. Eng., Project Engineer Supervisor 

Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services

519-822-1260 extension 2338


I’m excited to give five citizens the Mayor’s Awards tonight! I wish I could give out 5,000!

Mayor Cam Guthrie will recognize five Guelphites for their volunteerism and community service, as he presents the 21st annual Mayor’s Awards at the Guelph Awards of Excellence gala on June 22.

The 2017 honourees are:

Jaya James, who founded the Guelph Refugee Sponsorship Forum to coordinate the many local efforts to sponsor and support Syrian refugee families in Guelph. Jaya took a six-month leave of absence from work to run the Forum full-time as a volunteer. She set up systems for the recruitment, training, and police screening of more than 800 volunteers; offered information sessions; and served as a community voice and “go-to” person on refugee sponsorship. She has been called one of the unsung heroes of Guelph’s headline-making response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Patricia Godin, who was inspired by the loss of her father to establish a fund to support Hospice Wellington and palliative care in our community. With her friend Amanda Bridge who had also lost her father, Patricia established Fathers Remembered by Daughters – the Gerald J. Prentice and Thomas G. Bridge Memorial Fund through the Guelph Community Foundation. Over the past 11 years, through an annual golf tournament, the fund has allocated $120,000 to the capital campaign and ongoing operations at Hospice Wellington. Patricia is also a longstanding Hospice volunteer. She says the palliative care her father received gave her “the gift of time” with him, a gift she is now helping to give to other families.

Iman Aziz, a grade 11 student who volunteers as a math tutor; a mentor for grade 9 and exchange students; a warehouse helper for the Guelph Refugee Sponsorship Forum; a recreation volunteer at the Village of Arbour Trails retirement community; a volunteer for the National Board and the Waterloo-Wellington Chapter of the Canadian Council or Muslim Women; and has served as an Internet instructor for seniors at Immigrant Services of Guelph Wellington. In 2016, Iman was the only student to participate in both the Guelph Police Service Youth in Policing Initiative and its Youth Engagement Program, helping to build positive relationships between the police and the community.

Emma Rogers, who co-founded Guelph Gives, a project that encourages charitable giving and volunteerism during the holiday season, and heads up GenNext, a movement that inspires young professionals to bring about change in their community. Emma served on a number of local boards and committees, including the board of the Young Professionals Network; the Bracelet of Hope fundraising committee; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium; Habitat for Humanity; and the KidsAbility Super Hero Run committee. In her day job, Emma is Campaign Manager for the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin.

A special posthumous award will be presented in memory of Dr. Fred Hoffman, a 63-year member of the Guelph Kiwanis Club. More than 30 years ago, Fred began the annual Kiwanis Christmas Luncheon, which brings together 450 students who attend special classes for developmental disabilities in schools across the Upper Grand District School Board. One student described it as “the most awesome day of the year,” and Fred organized it and personally helped fund it every year. Fred was also a steadfast supporter of the Kiwanis Club’s Belwood Lodge and Camp – a non-profit overnight camp dedicated to meeting the summer recreational needs of children, youth, and adults who are intellectually challenged. 

“As we celebrate Canada’s 150th and Guelph’s 190th birthdays, I am thrilled to recognize these community champions who are making Guelph a better place – not for money or fame, but simply because they care,” said Mayor Guthrie. “Every year it is very difficult to choose the winners from the many excellent nominations I receive – and this year was no exception. It’s also a great privilege to learn about the many citizens doing great things for our city.”

Guelph’s Mayor has presented Mayor’s Awards each year since 1997. The awards are presented at the Awards of Excellence gala, Guelph’s premier appreciation event where the community’s exceptional individuals and businesses are celebrated.

“Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for making a difference in Guelph,” added Mayor Guthrie.
More information about the Mayor’s Awards can be found at guelph.ca/mayorsawards.

Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month at Guelph Museums

Guelph, Ont., June 13, 2017 — National Aboriginal History Month will be marked at Guelph Museums with several events planned in partnership with local First Nations, Metis and Inuit leaders.

On Wednesday, June 14, as part of the Building Canada Lecture series, the Museums and University of Guelph will host a panel discussion about Research relationships with Indigenous communities. Panelists include Brittany Luby, Hannah Tait Neufeld, Steve Crawford, Chief Nadjiwon, Councillor Paul Jones and moderator Malcolm Campbell, vice president of research at the University of Guelph. The lecture begins at 7 p.m.

A KAIROS Blanket Exercise is set for Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. The Blanket Exercise is a facilitated, interactive approach to learning Indigenous history and will be followed by a sharing circle debrief.

A Truth and Reconciliation Sharing Circle will be held Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. and will include hand drumming and the development of a plan of action for our community led by men of the local sharing and drum circle.

From June 17 to 22, the Museums will host Zoongeheshkwaad, a display of artwork by Upper Grand District School Board elementary and high school students that promotes equity and diversity in the classroom for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

Loosely translated, Zoongeheshkwaad means “to help someone move forward in a good way, to encourage others to move ahead together,” says Colinda Clyne, Upper Grand District School Board curriculum lead for Equity/First Nations, Métis, Inuit Education.

All events take place at Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street. For more information, visit guelphmuseums.ca.

Okay maybe you won’t find me sliding into a pool! But…

 The City’s splash pads, wading pools and outdoor pool will be open weekends starting 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 on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Leisure swims are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Regular admission fees apply.

Mico Valeriote Park wading pool will open daily beginning Friday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the wading pools in Sunny Acres and Exhibition parks will open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m.

The splash pads, wading pools and Lyon Leisure Pool close for the summer season on Tuesday, September 5.

The Market Square water feature operates daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until September.

Admission is free at the splash pads, wading pools, and water feature. Residents should check guelph.ca, Twitter or Facebook for any closure notices due to inclement weather or maintenance.