CITY PAGES: Rec Programs, Library Robots and Open Houses

The City of Guelph, and it’s various partners and agencies, put 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…?

Registration for Winter Rec Programs Begins

The City of Guelph’s winter recreation programs begin on January 8, but registration for those rec programs begins on Wednesday December 7 at 7:30 am. Available programs include Pickleball, March Break Camps, Stemotics LEGO Programs, Adult Try It Out ParaSport and Swim Technique Clinic. You can register online at or call 519-837-5699. If you’re paying with cash or debit card, in-person registration is available at Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, Victoria Road Recreation Centre and West End Community Centre.

The City of Guelph is also looking for volunteers to fill roles in recreation programs, March Break/summer camps and the Evergreen Seniors Centre. You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. You can explore available volunteer opportunities by clicking here.

Feedback Wanted for Culture and Sports Tourism Strategy

The City of Guelph is in the process of developing Create, Play and Stay, a culture and sports tourism strategy to guide the City in attracting new visitors and driving economic growth in culture and sports tourism. The City is engaging with internal and external groups to inform and shape the strategy, but on Monday November 21 it will be the general community’s turn to engage. There are two virtual sessions, one at 2 pm (register online with Eventbrite) and 7 pm (register online with Eventbrite).

“This project aims to map out and engage with Guelph’s culture and sport tourism groups and organizations to identify new ways to support and celebrate our community as a must-see visitor destination in Ontario,” said Alex Jaworiwsky, Manager of Tourism and Destination Development in a statement. “The strategy will identify our unique assets and how we can better attract visitors and investment in Guelph through culture and sports tourism.”

More Feedback Wanted, Now For Water Servicing

A hybrid virtual and in-person open house will be held for the Stormwater Management Master Plan and Water and Wastewater Servicing Master Plan on Tuesday November 29 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The SWMMP looks at how the City is currently managing stormwater and guides how we will continue to do so over the next 25 years while the WWWMP studies alternative solutions for the City’s existing water and wastewater distribution and collection system capacity constraints as well as required updates to infrastructure to support growth to 2051. The in-person portion will take place in meeting room B and C at City Hall, and the link to the virtual meeting is on the Have Your Say page.

Library Gets New Coding Robot

The Guelph Public Library has some new toys that aren’t really toys, Botley Coding Robots courtesy of the Rosa Rattray Early Literacy Fund. The robots help youngsters learn how to code without the need for a screen as well as early S.T.E.M. skills, while playing and having fun. They’re instrumental in promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

“We are so thankful for all who’ve donated in support of the Early Literacy Fund. Thanks to the support of our community, we’ve been able to provide lots of great learning-rich activities for local youngsters,” said Guelph Public Library CEO Steven Kraft in a statement.

Five New Playground Designs Approved

The City of Guelph revealed the winning designs for five parks in Guelph: Goldie Park, Gosling Gardens Park, Herb Markle Park, Howden Crescent Park and Sunny Acres Park. Consultation with Accessibility Advisory Committee resulted in rubber surfacing being recommended to be installed at Howden Park and Herb Markle Park for wheelchair accessibility along with wood chips at Sunny Acres, Goldie and Gosling Gardens. Construction is set to begin next spring with completion expected for fall 2023.

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Additional Notes

Volunteer with this year’s Snow Angels and remove some snow for seniors and people with disabilities.

New Wards 2, 3 and 4 Trustee Ralf Mesenbrink has been elected as the new chair of the Upper Grand District School Board.

Scott Wilson, the Wellington County’s Chief Administrative Officer, is this year’s winner of the Carlos Ventin Award for Municipal Heritage Leadership from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.

The Rotary Club will be holding a webinar to raise awareness about modern day slavery and human trafficking on Tuesday November 29.

Gowan is coming to the River Run Centre in December.

Wellington County and the Canadian Mental Health Association will be holding an event about workplace mental health on Tuesday November 22 at 12 pm at the GrandWay Events Centre in Elora.

New and Upcoming Construction

Speedvale Road will be closed between Imperial and Elmira from until December 16 for the construction of a new multiuse path, new traffic signals and other improvements.

Testing of the Clyde Well on Watson Road South near York will began on Monday and will continue for four weeks.

Parking space sensors will be installed downtown along Wyndham Street, Quebec Street, Cork Street, and Macdonell Street for three days starting on Monday November 21.

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