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The Henry Sturm Community Festival

2011 March 30
by admin
May 8, 2011
10:00 amto3:00 pm
10:00 amto3:00 pm

In Memorium of John Ferriera

This Mother’s Day, bring Mom, your family and friends to Victoria Park and the nearby Henry Sturm Greenway to reclaim and clean up our community green space, get to know your neighbours, enjoy a free BBQ and kids’ activities. In the afternoon join the Downtown Stormwater Walk to learn about the natural and human history of Schneider Creek and Victoria Park Lake. Find out how you can help improve the water quality and natural habitat in our city!

When: Mother’s Day! Sunday, May 8, 2011

Where: Register at Victoria Park Picnic Shelter, cleanup at the Henry Sturm Green on the Iron Horse Trail

What to Bring:

  • Your refillable water bottle
  • A “mess kit” with reusable plates, cutlery and coffee mugs to use at lunch.
  • Dress for the weather! Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, and a hat
  • Your enthusiasm
  • Your appetite
  • The name of your favourite plant or animal that lives at Victoria Park!


10:00-10:30 pm       Volunteer Registration at Victoria Park Picnic Shelter

The picnic shelter is past the playground. There is a parking lot at the picnic shelter, past the Schneider Avenue lot.

10:30-12:00 pm Litter Cleanup at Henry Sturm Green

We will be walking over to the Henry Sturm Green, just off the section of the Iron Horse trail that runs behind the park.

12:00-12:15pm Memorial Tree Planting

In memoriam of John Ferriera, who lived in and loved the neighbourhood for 35 years, and lost his life defending our right to enjoy our public spaces without being afraid.

12:15-1:15 pm         Community Picnic

Free BBQ, kids’ activities (including a musical guest and make a Mother’s Day card), community info booths and more.

1:15-3:00 Downtown Stormwater Walk

Join us at the Victoria Park Picnic Shelter to find out from local water and wildlife specialists…What did the rivers and lakes in downtown Kitchener look like 200 years ago? What plants and animals used to live here? How has changing the land use affected the plants, animals and water quality downtown? What is ‘stormwater’, how can reducing the amount of stormwater and keeping it clean improve the water quality in Schneider Creek and Victoria Park Lake? Find out what is being done to make improvements and how you can help! The walk also includes a FREE tour of the water protection features at REEP House for Sustainable Living (located at 20 Mill Street) including a rain garden, permeable paving, huge rain barrels called cisterns, low flush toilets and a grey water system.

To save time, register in advance online. For more information, contact us at See you there!

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  1. Aimee Polevoy permalink
    April 1, 2011

    I want to thank Anna Maste, for all her efforts in helping Cheryl and I put this Festival together. We couldn’t have done this without her. I am looking forward to meeting new faces and bringing our community together.

    Aimee Polevoy,
    Chair of the Community Safety Community

  2. Linda permalink
    April 11, 2011

    Who is Henry Sturm?

    • Jeff Sturm permalink
      June 13, 2012

      Henry Sturm was a former Mayor for Kitchener back in the 30,s he was also a aldermen for many years after and was the man who commissioned the building of the Kitchener memorial Auditorium. And he was my grandfather :)

      Hope that helps :)

      Jeff Sturm

  3. Juanita permalink
    April 11, 2011

    Sounds like a great community building day!

    I’ll be there with ‘Say Hi’ button from the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. We can all take that one step toward creating a safer community. And the VPNA is taking giant leaps!

    Way to go!

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