Evergreen seniors facility to close for six weeks

Some Ward 2 news that will affect quite a few of us who appreciate this great resource.

Evergreen seniors facility to close for six weeks

Parking lot and sidewalk repairs begin July 2

Guelph, Ont., June 18, 2018 – Starting July 2, the City of Guelph will begin repairs of the parking lot and sidewalk at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, located at 683 Woolwich Street.

The work includes:

· Parking lot repairs and repaving

· Sidewalk replacement

· Lighting installation

· Garage waterproofing repairs

As a result of this work, the parking lot and facility will close to the public for about six weeks. The Evergreen Restaurant will also temporarily close as of June 28 at 1 p.m. During the facility closure, the City will do general maintenance work such as cleaning, painting and minor repairs.

Pedestrian and vehicular access to Riverside Residences on the Park will be maintained throughout the project and will be marked by signage. Riverside Park users are reminded to access the park via Marilyn Drive.

During the closure, recreation programming is available at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre or the West End Community Centre. Visit guelph.ca/recreation for more information. Questions about programming offered by the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association should be directed to 519-823-1291.

The work, to be completed by Melrose Paving Company Limited, is expected to be done by August 6, weather depending. The Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and restaurant is expected to reopen on Tuesday, August 7.



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Special Meeting about break-ins and vandalism May 17th

Hi folks,
With winter over there has been a resurgence of break-ins, vandalism and threats to security in the Ward 2 neighbourhoods that flank the Speed River: mainly the Dufferin Street area and across the river around Arthur Street and the Wolfond Park neighbourhood.
For many it’s reaching a crisis point. We are fortunate that Sgt. Arif Hasham from the Community Mobilization Unit of the Guelph Police has offered to speak to us about some possible actions… and we’d like to get your input.

If you live in this part of Ward 2, or if you have insights into this topic, we’d love to see you at the meeting.
I’ll be joined by my ward mate Councillor Van Hellemond Thursday night May 17th, 7 pm.. at the Evergreen Centre on Woolwich Street. We hope to see you there… and if you can think of neighbours to invite please do so…

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Brant Ave Youth Group Fundraising Car Wash this Saturday

A great Ward 2 organization has a fun fundraiser this Saturday ( originally scheduled for the day of the ice storm!)–SATURDAY May 12th from 11 am to 2 pm at The New Life Church – 400 Victoria Rd N…

Please come & hang out, help out or get your car washed!

This event is in support of the Brant Youth Group’s participation in the http://www.muddygrape.com

Any donations are welcome, should you not be able to come and e-transfers can be sent to kimgadoury@live. com. Donations will receive a tax receipt from the Muddygrape, once we participate on Saturday May 26, 2018.

If you WANT a donation, I need your FULL name, home address, INCLUDING postal code & a tel number. Thank you!

Thanks to everyone!!

Kimberley D. Gadoury

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Clean and Green Community cleanup postponed one week

The weather has us beat. If you’ve signed up to help this weekend with the ward 2 team… hold on to your rake for another week… we’ll try it on the 29th instead… here’s the official press release about it!

Clean and Green Participants,

It seems that mother nature is just not going to cooperate for the clean-up this weekend, so even though we’ve been trying to remain optimistic and the weather forecast is predicting some sun by Saturday it doesn’t seem that this will be in time to melt the thickness of the ice we have accumulated and it will be very difficult if not impossible to pick-up litter hidden under the ice.

We’re trying to avoid a “clean and white” therefore we have decided to postpone the Clean and Green event and celebratory BBQ to the following Saturday April 28th. All the event details will remain the same, it is just the date that is changing and we hope to see many of you at the Picnic Shelter at Riverside Park at noon to celebrate after a job well done next weekend.

If your group is not available to postpone to next weekend and you would still like to go ahead as planned this Saturday please let us know by reply email and we will have our staff pick-up any garbage you do collect on Monday. Otherwise we will assume you will join us next week instead.

The clean-up kit pick-ups time and dates will remain the same, they are available for pick-up today April 18th and Thursday April 19th at the front desk at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre, 151 Victoria Road N between the hours of 7a.m.-8p.m. As mentioned previously, for those interested, Universal Precautions (sharps) training will be available on a drop in basis at this location in the willow room from 12pm- 7pm on April 18th and 19th.

Thank you all again so much for your amazing support in keeping our community clean, this year 1,280 of you signed up, the most participants we’ve ever had!

Customer Service
15th Annual Clean & Green Community Cleanup
Parks & Forestry | City of Guelph
519-822-1260 x 3305

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Action Read Fundraiser in Ward 2 this weekend

It’s a busy week in Ward 2! Our great community hub the Guelph Youth Music Centre on Cardigan Street is hosting this great fundraiser for Action Read… a very worthy cause… here are the details… attend if you can! Eventbrite.AR_FLOW 2018_Poster

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Fundraisers For Brant Avenue Youth Group

Hi again folks… The Brant Avenue Youth Group is going to participate again this year in the “muddy Grape” endurance run fundraiser sponsored by the Guelph Police. They’d love your help to get there… soooo…

SATURDAY APRIL 28th at 9:30 am they are putting on a car wash at New Life Church on Victoria…

Wednesday May 9, 2018 a special fundraising Pizza night
5:30 Boston Pizza
We will shadow servers & the Host/Hostess for a portion of Dining Room Sales
Kindly make your
RESERVATIONS: 519 826-5200

Check these excellent events out!




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City plans for remediation work at Goldie Mill Park

Many of you Ward Twovians have been asking about this- Here’s today’s announcement-

Guelph, Ont., April 16, 2018 — The City of Guelph has received final soil testing results for Goldie Mill Park and is set to begin remediation work this summer.

Site testing has confirmed earlier results; that chemicals in the soil are consistent with those typically found based on the site’s former manufacturing activities. Historically, the Goldie Mill property was used as a sawmill, foundry, cooperage, distillery, piggery and tannery. The west side of Joseph Wolfond Park was used for furniture manufacturing operations.

Remediation work is part of the City’s plan to address soil conditions and sinkholes in the park, which is owned by the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) and managed by the City. A plan will be put in place to protect workers and contractors who may come into contact with the soil.

The City will cap the soil at certain locations within the park to address shallow soil impacts and eliminate potential health risks. In some cases, an asphalt covering will be used (e.g. trail area). In other areas, a geomembrane—a synthetic membrane liner that prevents material getting through—will be laid down with clean soil and mulch added on top.

This work will eliminate both the safety risk from the existing sinkholes and any health risk posed by the current soil conditions. Once the work is done the park will reopen for public use.
Background and testing

Last June, the City, with support from the GRCA, closed a section of the park after environmental testing commissioned by the GRCA revealed chemicals in the soil may pose health risks. Since then, both the City and GRCA have conducted environmental tests to better understand potential risks at the site and to determine if any actions were needed to address them.

Most chemical impacts were found more than 0.76 metres below the surface. However, impacts were also identified in shallower soils. There were no impacts identified in groundwater.

To ensure the public’s health and safety, the site will remain closed during the remediation work, which includes backfilling the sinkholes.

The City expects to reopen the park in late summer or early fall 2018 and will resume bookings of the site, popular for weddings, for 2019.

The additional environmental testing cost the City about $35,000 and the GRCA about $28,000. The cost to address the soil condition and sinkholes is estimated to be $450,000.

For more information or to access environmental testing reports to date, visit guelph.ca/goldiemillpark.

About Goldie Mill Park

Goldie Mill Park, including the ruins, is owned by the GRCA and the City manages its maintenance and programming, including renting the ruins for events.


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