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Riverside Park home to future disc golf course

This just in… a cool new Ward 2 amenity!

More info coming soon btw about the excellent town hall meeting . A packed house with lots of great community input. James


Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017 – Disc golf enthusiasts will have a new course to play on in Guelph, come next spring.

Construction on a nine-hole course in Riverside Park is set to begin this month. The course will be located near Riverview Drive in the park’s east end.

“Riverside Park is a perfect fit for a disc golf course as it integrates into the existing park without affecting current uses,” says Ian Ferguson, supervisor of Turf and Sports Fields with the City of Guelph.

The construction project includes installing targets (baskets), stone dust tee pads/decks, course signs, seating areas, and planting trees. There are no impacts to the use of the existing trail and park system during construction.

The work is expected to be done by spring 2018 and the official course opening is tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 6. Players using the course will do so on a first come, first served basis and must provide their own discs.

Disc golf is a low-impact sport in which players throw a specialized flying disc into a target, with rules similar to golf,

“Disc golf is easy to learn and provides physical and mental exercise for all ages and abilities,” says Ferguson.

According to the Ontario Disc Sports Association, there are 38 courses in the province. In Guelph, the only other course is located in the Arboretum at the University of Guelph.

The $12,000 project is funded through the City’s Innovation Fund—a corporate fund that supports employee ideas that are pitched, reviewed by a peer panel, and, if successful, implemented.



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Ward 2 Town Hall Meeting November 14th

Hi there. Andy Van Hellemond and myself will be hosting our annual fall Town Hall meeting Tuesday November 14th at 7 pm in the heart of our ward, The Guelph Youth Music Centre, Cardigan Street, in Rm 108.

We’ll keep it informal, and we’re hoping you have questions and observations about our ward and the City. Save the date and we hope to see you there!  James

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City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan

Twould be great to get some Ward Twovians out to this! Just sayin’ !

Guelph, Ont., October 13, 2017 – The City of Guelph is gathering community input as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project.

The Guelph Trail Master Plan provides strategic direction and specific guidelines for work related to City trails, including trail planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, operation, promotion and maintenance.

“Updating the existing master plan is an opportunity for us to incorporate additional items such as new trail design guidelines, a trail promotion strategy, revised trail routes, and new types of trail facilities,” says Helen White, a park planner with the City.

Trail user groups are invited to attend an information session, including presentation, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at Guelph City Hall. A drop-in session for land owners and developers is being held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18 in the Galleria inside City Hall.

For the public, a drop-in information session is being held on Thursday, October 19 between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk Street. A second session takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street.. A formal presentation gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

Residents are also invited to stop by the GTMP booth on Saturday, October 21, between 7 a.m. and noon, at the Guelph Farmers’ Market, 2 Gordon Street.

Starting October 19, residents can also provide input by completing the online survey at Deadline for input is November 10.

An updated GTMP will reflect best practices, be consistent with the Official Plan and coordinate the City’s other trail-related guidelines, policies and strategies such as the Facility Accessibility Design Manual, Cycling Master Plan, and Active Transportation Network.

For more information, including study area and the Trans Canada Trail Route Selection Study, visit and click on Guelph Trail Master Plan Update.


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Once-a-month evening community meeting begins this Thursday

“Pie And Politics”, the evening version of the popular “Politics and Pancakes” Breezy Corners breakfast conversations, begins this Thursday Oct 12th.
The Thursday morning sessions hosted by councillors Phil Allt and James Gordon have become an important way to get public input on important city issues. They have been an overwhelming success, with the Breezy Corners Family restaurant filled to capacity with a great cross-section of Guelphites interested in contributing their ideas and learning more about our city. Often with special guests who make presentations on topics like transit, energy, the new library, taxation, waste and water issues, the meetings have become primers for upcoming council meetings.
There’s been a demand for an evening session for those who have trouble getting to the breakfasts, so Allt and Gordon are presenting the first of a once-a-month ‘second Tuesday” session THIS THURSDAY Oct 12th at 7 pm.
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Survey about our library ends this week.



Hi again Twovians. This fall council will be considering how to proceed with plans for a new main library branch, which is about 30 years out of date! We’d love to have your input. Here’s a note from Virginia Gilham from the Friends of the Libary, encouraging you to participate in a short survey to help gauge the direction we should be going in.

It just takes a minute. Go for it! And as a member of the library board AND a councillor, I’d be happy to chat with you one-on-one about this.

Virginia writes:
What is your vision for the Guelph Public Library? How do you use the current facilities? The Guelph Public Library needs your help to articulate a new strategic plan for 2018 – 2022. This is your opportunity to let the library know how you use your library, how you find out about what’s going on, and what you would like to see offered in the future. YOUR input into this process is critical as this is YOUR community library!

A short, online survey is available until August 31 at

Please take a few minutes to complete it!

This strategic planning process is an opportunity for you to provide input into how a new main library may serve the public for decades to come. The need for a new main library has never been more critical, but a replacement is still far from a “sure thing”. The building does not meet current barrier-free accessibility standards and is in dire need of repair. The City’s archives, which are housed in the basement, are at risk of flood damage. Librarians have to cull still-current resources as there is not enough shelving to house everything the public demands.

Community support for the library has never been needed more than right now..

Wouldn’t you like to enjoy the same services, programs, and resources that are already being provided in other communities across the country? Show your support for your community library by completing this survey, and encouraging others to complete it, too.

If you have already completed the survey, thank you!

Virginia Gillham,
Friends of the Guelph Public Library

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Backpack project needs help at Brant Ave.

Hi folks, hope you are having a great summer. I’ll be communicating more with you after Labour Day as council gears up again. ( And speaking of Labour Day, it’s a great annual Ward 2 event at Riverside Park. I’ll be there. Come say hi. )

The Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group is trying to make sure kids going back to school next week have backpacks, lunch bags and supplies. They are doing great work in our Ward, and I’d encourage you to help.

Here’s the note I received from them this morning. I hope you can make a donation towards this great cause. I did. It felt like a good way to support this great Ward Two organization.

Lynne Kloostra writes:

“We have currently have a wait list of approximately 15 backpacks and wonder if anyone would be willing to help with a monetary donation or an actual backpack, lunch bag and / or supplies.

We have an organization doing a drive now and they may be able to help with some of these but it won’t be until Sept 6th and we won’t know what we are getting until then either. We would really like to see these kids have their backpacks to go back to school with on Tuesday?

Please ask others in your organization as well and let us know.

We can pick money or supplies up if you are able to assist at all?

Thanks and have a great day!

Lynne Kloostra
Neighbourhood Support Worker
Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group


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Guelph Natural Heritage Action Plan Survey

Of interest to many Ward Twovians, I urge you to add your voice to this discussion. It’s relevant this week in our city after the controversy around the permit to cut close to 2000 trees on the former LaFarge lands was granted.

Do you care about Guelph’s plants, animals and ecosystems?


Guelph is working on its Natural Heritage Action Plan, and we’d like your input.

With your help, the action plan will:

· identify and prioritize Guelph’s environmental and natural heritage goals
· develop actions to encourage healthy communities
· create a framework for Guelph’s Official Plan policies specific to the natural heritage system and watershed planning as they relate to climate change and sustainability planning

Have your say

To get started, we’d like you to tell us why natural heritage matters to you. We’ll use your input to help define major themes of the action plan, and create more community engagement activities later this year.

Take the Natural Heritage Action Plan Survey:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about Guelph’s Natural Heritage Action Plan.

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