CITY PAGES: Bike Month, New Park, and Dining District Extended

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…?

Emergency Water Main Repairs on Silvercreek

On Friday, City of Guelph work crews responded to a water main break on Silvercreek Parkway North between Paisley Road and Westwood Road, and are in the process of replacing 18 metres of pipe. It’s work that’s expected to continue through the weekend, and road repair work won’t likely be completed till next week. There is no health risk, but the City is asking residents to be cautious while traveling in the area.

Dining District Extended to September 21

When the Downtown Dining District was first conceived earlier this year, it was meant to wrap up at the end of summer on Labour Day, but now it’s going to be extended to the actual end of summer on Monday September 21. Mayor Cam Guthrie called the district in a media release a “great examples of Guelph getting it right during COVID-19,” and since the City posted that release on Monday, Guthrie has posted to his blog that it was his belief that the district should remain open so long as the weather is good. In lieu of a formal announcement along those lines, the Dining District will close on September 21, but the roads will remain closed on September 22 for some road repairs, line painting, and to clear catch basins and storm drains.

Council Approves Purchase of New Park Site

At a closed meeting on August 24, city council approved the purchase of 104 Oliver Street in the Ward so that it can be turned into a new neighbourhood park. The new park will have a playground, seating, pathways, and open space, and it should be open sometime in the spring of 2021. Where does the money for this park come from? Well, it’s cash-in-lieu from the parkland dedication for the development project at 120 Huron Street, which is not coincidentally right across the street from the new park. “We’ve determined that 104 Oliver Street is an ideal place to build a park and has significant community and Council support,” said Heather Flaherty, general manager of Parks and Recreation in the media release. “The remaining cash-in-lieu dollars will be kept in the City’s parkland dedication reserve fund for future park purchases.”

Construction Starting Downtown Next Week

Two construction projects will make your travels downtown a little more difficult next week. There will be lane reductions on Norfolk Street between Macdonell and Waterloo for about five day starting Monday so that maintenance work can be done on the Market Parkade, and the parking lot on Fountain Street across from police headquarters will be closed for four to six weeks starting Tuesday to construct a new entrance, and install new payment equipment.

September is Bike Month in Guelph!

People associate September with Back to School, and a lot of kids out there ride their bikes to get there, so it seems like a good time to make the third annual Bike Month, which includes Ride Your Bike Day on September 19 in lieu of the usual Bike to Work Day. Of course, every day can be a day to ride your bike, and you can take part in a cycling scavenger hunt by taking a picture of yourself using four out of five cycling facilities including bike lanes, trails, multi-use paths, signed routes and cycle tracks. You can then use the hashtag #bikeguelphchallenge and enter the contest for a change to win a bike-friendly prize. For the kids, you can send an email to the City with a picture of yourself on a bike at your school plus a map of your route to potentially win a prize like a gift card for ice cream. And finally, a self-repair station with an air pump and commonly used tools has been set up at City Hall. For more information about Bike Month, click here.

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