Skip to content

VPNA Minutes – June 8th, 2016

2016 June 27
by Melissa

Attendees: Melissa Bowman , Agnes Das, Anka Brozic, Cathy Lumb, Charlotte Keeler, David Opper, Frank Etherington, Steve Burrows

Regrets: Cheryl Evans, Gillian Veitch

1) Welcome

2) Frank Etherington – Update

  • Iron Horse Trail – renos through the centre section of the trail may potentially start in early fall
  • Water St. sidewalks –proposal went to heritage committee; bottom of Water St. , both sides will get sidewalks. Sidewalks will also come to Jubilee Dr. where they are lacking. Frank shared a map
  • Water fountains in the park have been fixed
  • Report of Drones spotted in park and at least one instance of drone near Ornge helipad. This could lead to serious issues. Frank will look into municipal legislation around this.

3) DCC/DNA Update

  • New teal pots at the front of the centre. Plan is to plant edibles in these pots with the DLC and Senior Day program
  • Staff changes at Comm. Services dept – Agnes’ role has changed and she is now the neighborhood liaison. She will continue with VPNA.
  • Board Diversity – Agnes met with a member of the Muslim Social Services group. We can have a speaker to learn more about diversity through this group.
  • Music Therapy for Newcomers – offered by WLU student and may take place at Victoria Park
  • Neighbours Day reminder –June 11, 830-12 at the DCC gym. Anka, Charlotte, Melissa, Agnes and David confirm they will volunteer at the event. 300-400 expected

4) VPNA Update

  • Neighborhood strategy –looking for focus groups. There is a focus group manual. The VPNA could do a focus group meeting before the 2nd week in August. Focus could be visioning around roles and positions – do we need to make changes.
  • REINS – June 14, 630-830 – at the Pavilion. Meetings are being held to inform people about what changes will be coming with the new LRT. These are interactive sessions.
  • Needle dispensing units in the park washrooms. Question of are people aware of these. Some concern over this but overall seen as a positive step to provide a safe and clean way to dispose of syringes and other sharps for users in the park.

5) Next Meeting – TBD

VPNA Minutes – May 11th, 2016

2016 May 21
by Melissa

Attendees: Melissa Bowman , Agnes Das, Anka Brozic, Anna Maste, Cathy Lumb, Charlotte Keeler, David Opper, Frank Etherington

Regrets: Cheryl Evans, Gillian Veitch, Steve Burrows

1) Welcome

2) City Update – Frank

a) Recent walk around and meeting Canoeing on the Grand. There is no tendering for the canoeing service at VP but this may change next year. Canoes will be out starting May 24th and at least on weekends. May be out only on good weather days this year. There may be limited service this summer.

b) Water fountains are being repaired

c) It was reported that perhaps some duck eggs were destroyed on mud island. Geese eggs in the park are being  controlled for population. # of geese is lower this year and as per usual a number will be rounded up soon and taken to Windsor.

d) Boathouse – freezer to move closer to David St. It was slated to move in May but plan is for June now. Nicer umbrellas are on the patio.

3) DCC/DNA Update – Agnes

a) Little library grant has been approved.

b) Charlotte volunteered to be the librarian. Job description will follow.

c) 3 workshops coming up for age-friendly Kitchener exploring how friendly Kitchener is for 55+ age group and how to make it friendlier. www. Kitchener.ca/afc

d) Adult pricing for CC programs has changed, Agnes provided a brochure.

e) Volunteer night at the Apollo May 13th –tickets still available.

f) DNA looking for board members. Meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month. AGM is May 25th, 2016.

g) Neighbours Day –June 11, 9-12 at the DCC gym. Pancake breakfast. Most of us will volunteer (830-1130) for this event. Asked to collect egg cartons and bring them the day of to the event. This year we will have

· Food forest –map and info about

· Photos

· Interactive map

· Fire trucks will be there and we will provide bubbles, chalk

h) Summer Lights Festival – officially starts June 28. June 4th pre-start movie offered at 10 pm “Jumanji”.

i) September 10th – clothing swap. We will look into use of the pavilion for this.

4) VPNA Update

a) Neighborhood strategy –lots happening this summer through street teams and focus groups. We will try to organize a focus group for the VPNA to share their thoughts.

b) Recent science fair -22 families attended. Good time had by all.

c) Plant swap Sunday May 29, 2-4 pm. This is an opportunity to trade seeds, seedlings, plants etc. Location: where Jubilee turns into Park st.

d) Melissa spoke to the VPWG about the food forest, community board and small library. They had no objection and will explore if it is possible. Charlotte will apply for grants for the community board.

e) CAFKA art installation –May 28-June 26

f) Art in the Park –June. For homeschooled children. Same idea as the science fair. Melissa will look to see if their is any opportunity to partner with CAFKA on this.

g) DCC gym equipment being taken home by members of the homeschool group. Agreement form will be created so that people wanting to sign out equipment can do so. DCC/VPNA  will be able to track the equipment this way.

5) Other

a) Stormwater Management meeting –April 28 held at the pavilion. Anka attended.

· Approximately 40 people attended

· Focus of the project is to retrofit 10 existing SW facilities and build 10 new ones over the next 15 years

· Much information was shared regarding the study/review process which was started in 2014 and will be completed by end of May 2016.

· Shared long term planning document which follows the Enviromental Assessment process. Will go to council June 2016. · More info on city website https://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/StormwaterMasterPlan.asp

6) Newsletter

a) Melissa will review our current delivery plan and decide if a new approach is needed before our fall delivery date.

7) Next Meeting – June 8, 2016

VPWG minutes – May 2016

2016 May 14
by Melissa

Wednesday May 11, 2016 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Victoria Park – Walk about

MINUTES

Present: Laura Seaman, Rych Mills, Councilor Etherington, Glennis Yantzi, Tom Margetts, Melissa Bowman, Bob Sharpe, Scott Berry and Paula Davis (Recorder)

Regrets:

Guest: Dave – Parks Coordinator

1. Security / Vandalism – Victoria Park Washroom

* Rych commented that with increased security presence that the Victoria Park washroom vandalism is on the decline. Tom working with park staff for rock or plant life behind the building.

* Can washrooms open early in the year? Current open date is April 1st. There were several days when weather was nice and the park was full, but had no washroom available. Scott had concerns with freezing pipes and winterizing procedures. Action – Scott to talk with FM about freezing and winterizing issues.

2. Review of Action Items List

* Scott reviewed the list of action items with the Working Group. The following is an update on the status of the items.

> Canoeing

* Hours of service to remain as May 24th to Sept 7th Saturday and Sunday only, weather permitting.

> Benches

> Is it possible to get more benches in the area of the clock tower, few and far between for older residents walking in the park?

> Action – Tom to check with Dan if there are any more benches

> Bike parking

> Is it possible to get more bike parking in the park or can we have portable units brought in when events held, currently people who bike to the park attach to trees and lamp posts – sometimes three and four deep.

> Action – Tom to check if we have any portable units

> Jubilee Drive entrance

– There are currently two black poles that were used to hold angels in the winter but angels have not been up for a number of years. Tom to look into who moves the poles – caution when moving due to close overhead lines. KW Hydro may have to remove poles

Music events in the park

Action – Jeff will send list of events planned in the park to Scott and this will be distributed to the group

> Forest area installed near Park St Entrance – Melissa asked what the group thought about a bench and library near/in this area. Currently very little light in this area.

>Action Tom will talk with park staff for ideas and possibilities

> Plant inventory

> Action – Tom to follow-up as parks staff should have a map later this year early next year. Staff will come to walkabout if requested to talk about plants in the park.

> People coming to the park are parking on David St – do not want to remove the parking option, but can this be better enforced.

3. Community Garden Update

* Rych raised a concern regarding the location of the two no smoking signs in the playground area. The signs should be moved closer to the playground and also two or three more signs are needed. Action: Tom advised that signs to be located in the playground area sports field area will be done once weather permits installation of mounting posts. UPDATE: Tom has passed this information along to the Supervisor of Tech Services (Playgrounds)

* Goose Control

* Joshua’s area monitors and controls the number of geese in the park. Numbers rise and decline with migration and birth rate.

Tom updated the group with the number of geese in the park and how many nests were found and relocated.

4. CAFKA Festival

* This program runs for 5 weeks, starting May 28th until June 26th

5. Victoria Park Mandate – Review

* This item was deferred to the next meeting

Next meeting: to be determined

Time: 1:00- 3:00

Jane’s Walks – this weekend (May 6-8th, 2016)

2016 May 2
by Melissa

There are a record-breaking eleven (11) Jane’s Walks in Waterloo this weekend, plus another 17 in Kitchener and three in Cambridge.

All are inspired by Jane Jacobs, an urbanist and activist whose writings inspired a fresh, community-based approach to city building.

Jane Jacobs would have been 100 years old on Wednesday May 4, 2016. On the weekend closest to her birthday, community volunteers lead walks to help others discover their cities.

 

So many to choose from! And choose you must, because many are offered at the same, or overlapping times.

If you’re interested in planning or neighbourhood development issues, here are some you might consider: * Fri May 6 5 p.m. “The Need for Small Blocks and Aged Buildings” – a look at Waterloo’s intensification plans through Jane Jacobs’ eyes. * Sat May 7 10 a.m. The Changing Face of Northdale – how is the 2012 plan working? * Sat. May 7 9 a.m. A Walk Along Waterloo Park’s Central Promenade – planning for Waterloo Park, LRT and Station Areas * Sat. May 7 11 a.m. Re-meet Your Park – community planning the future of Kitchener’s Vanier Park neighbourhood * Sat. May 7 11 a.m. Civic District: Past, Present & Future – focus on place making

If you’re interested in heritage and history, you have a great many choices: * Sat. May 7 1 p.m. Waterloo’s First Neighbourhood – led by Tricia Siemens * Sat. May 7 2 p.m. Memories of the Old ‘Hood – led by Sue Enns * Sat. May 7 3 p.m. Secrets of Amos Weber; the Beechwood “Garden City” suburb – led by Karen Buschert * Sun. May 8 1:30 p.m. Waterloo: From Grist to Infinity & Beyond – led by Doug Mulholland * Sun. May 8 3:30 p..m. Waterloo Park’s West Side natural heritage – led by Sharon Woodley

* Fri. May 6 12 noon & 2:30 p.m. Rock around Kitchener – led by Peter Russell * Sat. May 7 11 a.m. Kitchener: Then and Now – led by Tim Willcox * Sat May 7 11 a.m. Kitchener’s Civic District: Past, Present and Future – led by James Howe * Sat May 7 11 a.m. and Sun May 8 2 p.m. Past and Present of Rockway Gardens – led by Catherine Owens, * Sat May 7 1:30 p.m. Mount Hope Cemetery: from “Berlin” to “Kitchener” – led by Wayne Miedema * Sun May 8 9:30 a.m. Along Breithaupt St: our historic factories and new development – led by Lane Burman and Ted Parkinson * Sun May 8 1 p.m. Berlin’s Civic History – led by Todd Bowman * Sun May 8 2 p.m. Walking in our own shoes: Rumpel Felt Company – led by Sarah Granskou & Sarah Marsh

* Sat. May 7 1 p.m. Stories of growing up in Cambridge’ s West Galt – led by Jim Griffin * Sat. May 7 2 p.m. History, Architecture and People of Preston led by Amy Barnes

If you have a creative, artistic bent, here are some to consider: * Sat May 7 11 a.m. Found in Waterloo – graffiti and found art in Uptown Waterloo * Sat May 7 11 a.m. Kitchener: Then and Now – photographic comparison of past and present * Sat May 7 11 a.m. Fairy Walk along Brubacher Street – using art to build community * Sat May 7 1 p.m. Contemporary Art in Kitchener’s Core – public art and place making * Sun May 8 2 p.m. Walking in our own shoes: Rumpel Felt – introduction to felt making

If you are interested in nature and natural history, check out these walks: * Fri May 6 12 noon & 2:30 p.m. Rock around Kitchener – a tour of Kitchener’s geological history * Sat May 7 10 a.m. Uptown North along Laurel Creek – what is the value of natural elements and green space to urban environments? * Sat May 7 10 a.m. Edible Forest Heights – edible trails, permaculture, pollinator fedges, community gardens * Sat May 7 10 a.m. River Bluff Park, Galt – walk along the Grand with author David Menary * Sun May 8 3:30 p.m. Waterloo Park’s West Side – walk in our green oasis in the middle of the city

Consider these two very kid-friendly Jane’s Walks: * Sat May 7 11 a.m. Fairy Walk along Brubacher Street – find the fairy doors that have popped up along the street * Sun May 8 2 p.m. Kids Take Over Jane’s Walk – 5-year-old Johanna introduces us to her neighbourhood park

If you like cycling, there are two Jane’s Rides in Waterloo Region this year: * Sat. May 7 10 a.m. Waterloo – Bike Friendly Community – ride from Conestoga Mall to Waterloo City Hall with active transportation advocate Diane Freeman * Sun May 8 2:30 p.m. Explore the Spur Line Trail between Uptown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener

If you like coffee, consider these walks * Sat May 7 9 a.m. Downtown Kitchener Coffee Walk – explore some great “third places” ; bring a reusable mug * Sun May 8 2:30 p.m. Explore the Spur Line Trail – with a coffee roastery at one end and a bicycle cafe at the other

* Many other walks may well end up in a coffee shop, or pub

— Information originally shared by Kae Elgie, City of Waterloo Jane’s Walk organizer

See janeswalk.org for more information.

VPNA minutes – April 13th, 2016

2016 May 1
by Melissa

Attendees: Melissa Bowman , Agnes Das, Anka Brozic, Anna Maste, Gillian Veitch, Cathy Lumb, Charlotte Keeler, David Opper

Regrets: Cheryl Evans, Eduardo Cejudo , Steve Burrows, Frank Etherington

Minutes

Welcome/Introductions

City Update:

a) Fire Drill at DCC – reviewed by team

b) May 13 – Volunteer appreciation day. An event is happening at the Apollo theatre in Kitchener. Still 8 tickets left.

c) Earth day – plan to do a park clean up on Saturday April 23rd., 10-12. Tents and tables available. rych, of the Victoria Park Working Group, is helping out.

DCC/DNA Update:

a) Neighbor Day is June 11/16 – at the DCC there will be chalk and bubbles for the kids, pancake breakfast, fire truck, interactive map etc. Parking for this event – best to use the Duke parking lot, DCC will have passes for free parking there just check in at DCC reception to pick one up.

b) April 19+26 at 9:30 Sexual Assault Centre staff will facilitate 2 Healthy Relationships workshops, in partnership with Extend-a-Family and VPNA.

c) Drumming program – 11 people attending

d) Art therapy session will be running this spring

e) 2 planters at front of the building – Charlotte will get seedlings for at the end of May

f) Science Fair – geared to home schoolers or those young enough to not go to school

g) May 28 – Dance for families Update: date change for this, now planning for the Fall

h) Neighborhood Bylaw guide was distributed

VPNA Update:

a) Food Forest (at the foot of Park st and Jubillee) – could a music garden or Zen garden go in that space as well? Can we also put a playscape or small library there? Info about the FF could be left at the Welcoming Centre. It could be highlighted during Neighbor Day.

b) Signage in the park is sorely missing i.e way finding as well as area-of-interest signs. Needs to be addressed. There are small grants that can be accessed in order to support this. Charlotte K will look into it.

Projects and Committees:

a) Clothing /House Goods Swap – VPNA could do one in Summer and Winter. Two hours in duration at either the Pavillion or DCC. Whatever is left over is donated. Potential date for this event -September 10/16. TBC.

b) CAFKA event May 28-June 26 will include 5 installations in and around the park this year

c) Dogs off leash –there is no off-leash space for dogs/owners in the core. Suggestion was made that we have an off leash park or area designated.

d) Neighborhood strategy- April 26 is the launch party. 450 attending. The event is sold out.

Newsletter:

a) Delivery of the newsletter – 1300 need to be delivered quarterly. No one overseeing this currently. There are 20 drop off spots. Fall will be the next time they need to be delivered. VPNA members are willing to divide the work and help as able.

New Business

Next Meeting:

May 11, 2016

Victoria Park Working Group Meeting – March 2016

2016 April 7
by Melissa

MINUTES

Present: Laura Seaman, Rych Mills, Councilor Etherington, Glennis Yantzi, Tom Margetts, Melissa Bowman, Bob Sharpe, Scott Berry and Paula Davis (Recorder)

Regrets:

Guests: Joshua Shea, Natural Area Coordinator; Gloria MacNeil, Interim Director Bylaw Enforcement; Eric Rumble, Executive Assistant PT – Economic Development; Jeff Young, Manager Special Events

1. Security / Vandalism – Victoria Park Washroom

* Scott Berry welcomed everyone to the meeting and advised that he will be the interim chair of the VPWG group. Introductions were made around the table.

* Rych commented that the Victoria Park washroom and issues with security and vandalism has been on the Working Group’s agenda ever since the washroom was built.

* Rych would like to see signs up for hours the washroom is open to the public

* As a first step it was decided to keep 2 benches in the vicinity of the washroom – this is done. To relocate 5 or 6 benches to areas along the park pathway in the Commons area.

* Can comfort station washrooms open early in the year? Current open date is April 1st. There were several days when weather was nice and the park was full, but had no washroom available. Scott had concerns with freezing pipes and winterizing procedures. Action – Scott to talk with FM about freezing and winterizing issues.

2. Review of Action Items List

* Scott reviewed the list of action items with the Working Group. The following is an update on the status of the items.

Ø Pergola

– Tom advised that his section will be removing the boards, storing them and then have them re-installed in the fall. UPDATE: the plan is in place to have the boards removed when the weather improves.

Ø Jeff Y said lighting in the pergola will be repaired and LED lights installed.

Ø Boathouse

* Signage does not appear to be approved signage for the park

* Trailer that is there has now had the wheels removed. Is this a permanent structure now?

> Sand Play

– Design & Development staff will be starting the design of the sand play this winter with construction occurring in 2016. The final location of the sand play is not finalized at this point in time, but most likely will be located closer to the existing playground areas providing a larger separation between the sand and splashpad areas.

> Canoeing

* Tom advised he will follow-up with Canoeing on the Grand closer to spring regarding the canoeing operation and storage of the canoes.

> Clock Tower & Band Stand Electrical Outlets

* Tom advised he would be following up with Special Events and FM regarding an internal process for the turning on and off of the electrical for booked events.

> It was noted that there is a bylaw that prohibits loud amplified music on the Island and that Special Events staff needs to be aware of this bylaw.

Only amplified music currently allowed is the Christmas Fantasy which is run by the COK, Lions, Kiwanis and KW Hydro Action – Jeff will send list of events planned in the park to Scott and this will be distributed to the group

> Frank noted that the island is not a leash free area and that more should be done to control the number of people who walk their dogs off leashes in the park

> Any noise complaint within the park should be directed to Police who in turn will working with City Bylaw section to resolve the issue

> Trees damaged in the park from the ice storm. Action – Tom to follow-up and to see if trees believed not survivable to be replaced with same kind. Tom to follow-up with staff to see if there is a plant inventory for the park and to bring for next meeting when we walk about the park.

3. Community Garden Update

* Rych raised a concern regarding the location of the two no smoking signs in the playground area. The signs should be moved closer to the playground and also two or three more signs are needed. Action: Tom advised that signs to be located in the playground area sports field area will be done once weather permits installation of mounting posts. UPDATE: Tom has passed this information along to the Supervisor of Tech Services (Playgrounds)

* Concern was expressed that there is rust on the railings/slats of the heritage bridge. Tom has passed it along to the Supervisor of Tech Services.

* Goose Control

* Joshua’s area monitors and controls the number of geese in the park. Numbers rise and decline with migration and birth rate.

* 2015 saw 49 nests with 220 eggs

* There will be one swan in the park this year, 2017 we hope to see two

4. CAFKA Festival

* Eric Rumble joined the meeting to discuss the CAFKA festival program

* The program runs for 5 weeks, starting May 28th until June 26th

* Option 1 Phone booth

* Option 2 Debris Hut

* Option 3 Synanthrops

* Option 4 Loose large knot

* Option 5 Collection of broken and damaged elements relating to statues and public monuments

5. Victoria Park Mandate – Review

* This item was deferred to the next meeting

Next meeting: Meet at Clock Tower date to be determined

Time: 1:00- 3:00

Drumming Class at the DCC! Click for details.

2016 March 9
by Melissa

The latest from Frank: Finally a historic-building victory in anti-heritage Kitchener

2016 February 22
by Melissa

When it comes to protection of Kitchener’s historic buildings, we all have a responsibility to be aggressive watchdogs of our declining stock of downtown heritage assets.
In Ward 9, that responsibility has been shared for more than five years by residents, planners, heritage advocates and yours truly in order to safeguard and save a building behind the Tannery at 195 Joseph Street.
The efforts of those community watchdogs recently paid off with a $10-million plan to  develop the former “hide house” at what was once the Lang Tannery.
When I first ran for office in 2010, city officials and councillors were in the process of ignoring community wishes by demolishing several other heritage buildings in order to create an eyesore parking lot surrounding 195 Joseph on the edge of the Victoria Park neighbourhood. Since then, the community has maintained a close watch over the single remaining brick-and-beam building.
Now, thanks partly to commendable efforts by the current owner, Allied REIT, the building —surrounded by high tech’ companies and close to the future LRT Hub at King and Victoria Streets — is scheduled to become a beautiful new home for about 200 employees at Deloitte Waterloo Region.
All we need now is some additional, well-designed development on that ugly Joseph Street parking lot and community eyes focused on other heritage buildings scattered around Kitchener, a city that, when it is faced with heritage stock, has a record of eating its old.
Two of my favourite empty buildings at risk of damaging neglect, are the former Legion headquarters on Ontario Street — a building that would make an interesting arts centre — and the beautiful old PUC building opposite city hall.
We need to keep a close watch on those and other downtown historic buildings in order to prevent them going the depressing demolition route of the old city hall, the Forsyth shirt factory and the Mayfair Hotel.

Meeting minutes – Feb 10th, 2016

2016 February 11
by Melissa

In attendance: Melissa, Gillian, David, Cathy, Agnes

Regrets: Frank, Charlotte, Steve, Cheryl, Anka, Eduardo

City Updates:

Want to connect with Frank regarding appropriate no smoking signage for in the park that complies with new no smoking by laws

DCC Updates (Agnes):

  • Neighbourhood strategy meeting with neighbourhood association Feb 18th. Melissa to attend, as well as (hopefully) Gillian. Will report back next meeting.
  • Charlotte has connected with Agnes about the DLC using a planter outside to plant this Spring. Fabianne and Agnes to look at obtaining a few more large planters soon. It would be great if the DLC families could plant items along with the seniors day group.
  • The Healthy Kids Challenge has a launch event Feb 17th at Bingeman’s. Free admission (5-8pm) with lots of fun activities open to all.
  • Save the date: May 13th volunteer appreciation event at the Apollo cinema.
  • The Family Kitchen cooking class will run beginning Feb 23rd.
  • The DCC is partnering with KPL in providing some programming for some of the newcomer families. One such support is art time. The DCC could use some of art supplies for this program. Please pass on to Agnes as appropriate. The VPNA will donate some of our leftover art supplies from the potluck.
  • Running effective meetings workshop being offered Feb 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm. Contact Melissa or Agnes asap if you would like to attend.

Newsletters:

  • DCC guides and newsletters just arrived from printing today. Melissa and David to make a plan to get them out to street reps.
  • We need some more street reps. Gillian will create an ad for this.
  • We need a plan for future deliveries as we have no delivery coordinator

Upcoming events:

Family Day: Skating and sledding party Feb 15th 1-3pm.

  • Reception House has notified us that they will have about 70 kids to join us that day.
  • Cathy has contacted Williams and they are willing to increase the amount of drinks and cookies to donate.
  • It looks like we should have enough snow and cold temperatures from now until Monday for the event to run but we will keep an eye on it.
  • Melissa to continue advertising the event on twitter and Facebook.
  • We will set up the treats closer to the washroom area so it is in between the toboggan hill and the skating rinks.
  • Melissa will try to bring signs and the banner.
  • We may also want to have a binder with upcoming events, etc to put out on the table. Melissa will try to put this together in time.

Walk for Wildlife: June 12th (the day after Neighbours day) in the Park, mostly on Roos Island from 1-4pm. Cathy has a meeting Feb 16th and will update us as needed.

 

The latest from Frank Etherington

2016 January 27
by Melissa

Thirsty community gardens get $50,000 drink

In a city that is actively supporting community gardens as a way to grow healthy neighbourhoods and human relationships, there’s an ongoing thirst among green-thumb participants to ensure available, reliable water sources.
Three of those 28 Kitchener gardens have been carefully nurtured in the Victoria Park and Cherry Park neighbourhoods of my ward where, because of supply problems, there have been water-source issues.
At a time when produce prices are sky-rocketing, the Queen’s Green garden at Mitchell and Queen as well as two Willow Green gardens in Cherry Park are enthusiastically supported by inner-city residents, particularly newcomer families struggling to survive. In order for gardens to be sustainable and accessible to all participants, they obviously need a convenient source of water.
Which is why I recently supported a council move to budget $50,000 in 2016 that will either hook up gardens to city water mains or continue existing arrangements where water is supplied by nearby houses. In the latter case, Kitchener proposes to directly pay those participating homeowners for water used at gardens in Ward 9 and elsewhere in the city.
I was pleased to see gardeners from Queen’s Green and Cherry Park gardens among those who spoke at a budget meeting open to the public. Their enthusiasm and community spirit helped persuade councillors to approve that $50,000.
And, because of the low cost of achieving priceless neighbourhood benefits being actively supported by Kitchener, I hope councillors  increase our community-garden budget in future years.

Animated Social Media Icons Powered by Acurax Wordpress Development Company
Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Twitter