CITY PAGES: Art Approved, Water Day, and Baker District Open House

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…?

Upcoming Town Halls for Baker District and Library

If you’re eager to get an update about the latest doings concerning the Baker Street Redevelopment, and the new main Guelph Public Library, then there are a couple of important dates to circle on your calendar. On Monday March 23, at 2 pm and 7 pm, the River Run Centre will host two meetings where people will get a chance to see the elements of the proposed master plan for Baker including the development concept, views, streets and access points, parking, and architectural treatment. Then, on Thursday April 2 at 2 pm and 7 pm at the Italian Canadian Club, there will be open houses about the new library and programs and services that will be offered at the new building. Also, set you calendar for June 22, because that’s when all this will officially come before city council for their consideration in a special meeting.

Celebrate Water During March Break

World Water Day is March 22, but the City of Guelph is planning a whole week of activities leading up to it. Fortunately, that week is also March Break, which means that there will be lots of things for the kids to do and celebrate the greatness of our water resources, and the need to protect them. For the kids there’s Wacky Water Week with games at activities at the various library branches, and for the adults there’s “Fix a Leak” Week with tips and suggestions for conserving water. The week will be capped off with the H2O Go Festival at Old Quebec Street from 10 am to 3 pm. For all the details about World Water Day stuff at the City, click here.

Feedback Wanted for Four New Parks

The City of Guelph is looking to replace four new parks in 2020, and they’re looking for feedback from the general public about what kind of playground equipment they want to see, what they like about the current park design, and how accessibility can be improved. If you have any thoughts about Bullfrog Pond Park (13 Walnut Drive), Clair Park (22 Eugene Drive), Kortright Hills Park (165 Milson Crescent), and Westminster Woods Park (146 Clairfields Drive East), share them with the City by clicking here.

Committee Approves the Next Public Art

The Public Art Advisory Committee has announced the two artists selected to realize the next pieces of public art for the downtown core, which will be installed this spring on the East Parkade. The first piece will be Dan Bergeron and Gabriel Specter, of Toronto, and their piece “On the Light Fantastic”, which “features silhouettes of contemporary dancers with bands and streaks of colour to show the energy, emotion and vibrancy of dance” inspired by the nearby River Run Centre. The second piece by Annie Hamel of Montreal “reimagines the environment around the parkade, the Speed River and John Galt Park, creating an abstract, textile landscape of land, water, sun and sky.” The money for this artwork comes from the $26 million Main Street Revitalization Initiative from the Government of Ontario. According to the City, the finalists were chosen in 84 different submissions.

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