Kitchener Life - Spring 2022

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the of Kitchener parks through places and spaces PARKS ARE MORE THAN IMPORTANT – THEY’RE ESSENTIAL. THEY PROVIDE PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO GATHER, UNWIND, EXERCISE, SOCIALIZE, PLAY, CELEBRATE, AND ENJOY. THEY ARE EXTENSIONS OF OUR NEIGHBOURHOODS AND CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO OUR COMMUNITY’S IDENTITY AND OUR CONNECTIONS WITHIN IT. BUT WHAT MAKES A GOOD PARK? ANSWERING THAT QUESTION IS AT THE CENTRE OF ENGAGEMENT FOR PLACES AND SPACES, THE CITY OF KITCHENER’S PARKS AND OPEN SPACE STRATEGY. THE FIRST PHASE OF ENGAGEMENT CONCLUDED ideas boards through EngageKitchener as well as philosophy, community culture and gardens, sports IN LATE 2021 and focused on learning about who in-person opportunities. fields, courts, and splashpads, and equity, equality, uses our parks and who doesn’t, and the number We want to hear from as many residents as and innovation. of parks needed in Kitchener. The second phase possible and are committed to gathering feedback A healthy Kitchener is enriched through a diverse of engagement is now open and we’re looking for from diverse audiences. Take the online survey network of parks, natural areas and trails that your input on the quality of parks and open spaces. and share your thoughts on winter use, parks connect our people to the environment, support We want to hear from you to better understand education, pet friendly spaces, and cemeteries and active living, strengthen community development, your needs and wants when it comes to park space, alternative use spaces. If you belong to a group or celebrate our heritage, and support quality of life. equipment, and amenities, as well as how we association with a keen interest in parks, group Have your say on what our parks will look like in the can improve safety, accessibility, and inclusion. discussions can be arranged. You can also stay future! The Places and Spaces strategy will guide Engagement will continue until early 2023 and tuned to our website for more information about the city’s decision-making and future investment be separated into different, specific topics. Each upcoming in-person engagement opportunities. in park amenities, facilities, and infrastructure for topic will be open for approximately six weeks Future parks engagement topics will include design the next 10 years or more. and engagement will consist of online surveys and ......................................................................................................................... For more information, visit



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GETTING MARRIED IN KITCHENER Planning a wedding is an exciting time, with many important decisions to make. If you’re getting married in Kitchener, here are a few ideas and things to remember to help make your day extra special. MAKE IT OFFICIAL For your marriage to be legal in the Province of Ontario, you must register a marriage licence with the Registrar General. The city can help to prepare a marriage licence for you. It must be signed by you, your partner, two witnesses and your minister or officiant on the day of your wedding ceremony. To apply for a marriage license from the City of Kitchener, you can schedule an appointment with city staff. To get started, you’ll need to complete the online form at To ensure we can accommodate your request, please schedule your appointment at least one week in advance of your wedding ceremony. Once your request has been received, city staff will be in touch to guide you through the next steps. FIND THE PERFECT SPOT Kitchener is home to many beautiful wedding venues, with several city-owned facilities to choose from for your ceremony and reception. Whether you’re looking for a golf course, historic building, or community centre, you’re sure to find a beautiful space that fits your taste and budget. City Hall, space can be booked in the rotunda. In addition, the Downtown Kitchener Chapel, within City Hall, has recently undergone an incredible transformation, perfect for a modern wedding ceremony with smaller groups. If you’re looking for a space with a bit of history, consider the Victoria Park Pavilion, or the dedication centre at Williamsburg Cemetery – both serene and picturesque locations.

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For those seeking greener pastures, Doon Valley or Rockway Golf courses provide the perfect backdrop for you to host your special day. If you’re in search of a more casual indoor venue right in your neighbourhood, consider booking space at one of Kitchener’s many community centres or public libraries. Visit to find more information. GET THE PERFECT SHOT Looking to get that perfect picture to commemorate your big day? Consider visiting a city park or open space to capture some of the magic on your special day. Here are a few perfect wedding photo locations to consider: • City Hall Rotunda: This space is free to use, and you do not need to make a reservation. We recommend that you check with our event staff in case there is an event scheduled. • Victoria Park: Long considered the jewel of Kitchener, Victoria Park has many photo-worthy spots like the gazebo and historic clock tower. This space is free to use, and a reservation is not required. • Rockway Gardens: The Kitchener Horticultural Society tends to Rockway Gardens and it provides a lush space for your wedding or event photos. There is no fee to use the gardens, although donations to the Society are appreciated. • Williamsburg Cemetery: The Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery sits next to beautiful gardens and a pond with fountains. This 19th century chapel and surrounding space is perfect for your special day.

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Kitchener in Bloom With spring just around the corner, gardens will soon be in full bloom. Every year, the Kitchener in Bloom program recognizes the efforts of the residents and business owners who make Kitchener a more beautiful place to live. Taking part in Kitchener in Bloom is a great way to recognize the hard work your neighbours and local businesses put into their gardens. This spring, as you walk with family and friends or run errands in the city, take in some of the beautiful public-facing gardens across the city. Are you proud of your garden and would like to share it? Let us know. Self-nominations are encouraged. The City of Kitchener is encouraging all residents and businesses with a publicfacing garden to apply. Once a home or business is chosen, the city will send you a Kitchener in Bloom package with a sign that can be displayed within your garden. Applicants who receive packages to be part of the program will be invited to join upcoming Kitchener in Bloom events. Share your nomination starting Monday, May 2, 2022, and we will recognize the gardener for their contribution to the beauty of Kitchener. Visit or call 519-741-2200 ext. 7537 for more information and to submit an application.


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OLDER ADULT CLASSES available this spring For older adults in Kitchener, there are many exciting new opportunities this spring to keep your mind, body and spirit healthy. The city is committed to being an age-friendly community. Our age friendly programming aims to create a community where older adults can age well and live well. To improve the quality of life of older adults, our age-friendly programming provides opportunities for wellness, active living, learning, and connecting.

UPCOMING PROGRAMMING : > LEARNING It’s never too late to learn a new skill or find a new hobby. Designed to meet the needs of older adults, our learning programs are delivered in a supportive and social environment. • Creative art • Music classes • Language lessons

• Kitchener Tech Connects, free technology courses

> ACTIVE LIVING Physical activity plays an important role in maintaining health and independence. There are a wide variety of activities to suit every interest and ability. • • • •

Strength training Flexibility Balance Conditioning

• Dance • Chair fitness • Recreational sports

> WELLNESS Wellness programs focus on enhancing the physical, emotional, and mental components of health. • Pilates • Yoga • Tai Chi > CONNECTING Older adults can stay social and engaged with their community through in-person, virtual and telephone programs. • Connected @ Home program

• Mindfulness • Meditation

• Volunteer opportunities • Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS) • Senior day program

Guided by our Kitchener strategic plan, the city is committed to being a caring and inclusive community that is age friendly. For more information about programs available for older adults in Kitchener, visit

PLACES AND SPACES PART TWO NOW OPEN! We kicked off our parks and open spaces strategy last year with a survey about what a great park means to you. This year we want to hear how you use parks, what barriers exist, and what you value most. Every other month a new topic will be open for your feedback. ............................................................................... Share your thoughts at

BUILDING EQUITABLE CITIES SPEAKER SERIES Throughout 2022, we, and our community partners, will host quarterly talks related to addressing inequities and disrupting systemic bias in the establishment and development of cities. That includes how we can build back differently as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. ............................................................................... For more information visit

tLiFE_Spring2022_SINGLES.indd 8-9 Engage Kitchener is the City’s online space where residents can offer feedback, share opinions and exchange ideas about city programs, services, and decisions. Register for a free account to be the first to know about new opportunities. Join the conversation at

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As we look ahead to the spring, there are encouraging signs that we are making progress in our COVID-19 recovery. With key health indicators continuing to trend in a positive


For those visiting city facilities, proof of vaccination is no longer required for entry and capacity limits have been lifted, although masks are still required in all indoor city settings. Some third-party program providers and sports organizations may still require proof of vaccination and residents are asked to check with them before visiting city facilities.


direction in our community and across Ontario, the province has eased some COVID-19 restrictions, effective March 1, and the City of Kitchener has made changes at city facilities to align with this provincial direction.

As our pools, arenas, community centres, and City Hall return to regular operations, residents are reminded to continue to follow current public health guidance and remain patient as our community adjusts to a new normal. The city remains committed to keeping patrons, visitors, and staff safe through enhanced cleaning and disinfection, regular maintenance of ventilation systems, and asking staff and patrons to follow all current public health guidance related to screening and wearing masks.

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40KM/HOUR RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBOURHOODS? One of the most common concerns we hear about is speeding in residential neighbourhoods. Studies show that speeding is a significant contributing factor leading to severe injuries and fatal collisions worldwide - that’s why we’re implementing 40 km/hour speed limits in residential neighbourhoods across Kitchener. Starting this spring, neighbourhood speed limits will be reduced to 40km/hour, and 30km/hour in school zones. You’ll receive notification when your neighbourhood is being changed – we expect it will take approximately two years to fully convert Kitchener’s residential neighbourhoods. Evidence suggests that lower speed limits can make vehicle collisions significantly less likely to cause serious injury or death. The likelihood of survival in a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian is approximately 15 per cent when the vehicle is traveling at 50 km/h. However, the likelihood of survival increases to 75 per cent when the vehicle is traveling at 40 km/h or below. Residential neighbourhoods have been identified throughout Kitchener, and new signage will be installed so that drivers entering and exiting these neighbourhoods will clearly see where the speed limit has transitioned. Major roadways that connect neighbourhoods or are used for travel across the city will remain at their current speed limit. This project is part of the City of Kitchener’s broader efforts to improve road safety for everyone – we’re developing a Vision Zero strategy that aims to eliminate serious injury or death caused by traffic collisions. Find out more about the city’s traffic calming projects at

Together, let’s build an innovative, caring and vibrant Kitchener

Bringing your vision for a more vibrant and sustainable city to life The priorities that matter most to you are at the center of Kitchener’s strategic plan. We continue to implement the goals and objectives we set out to achieve over three years ago - and we are making great progress. Part of our Environmental Leadership goal to achieve a healthy and livable community was to implement a Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy and establish a tree canopy target. Kitchener City Council recently approved working to increase the tree canopy in each of the city’s 10 wards by at least 30 per cent by 2050 and by at least 33 per cent average across the city by 2070. This targeted approach to grow the tree canopy over time will involve new tree planting, as well as the maintenance of existing trees. Over the next several years, city staff will update members of Council and the Kitchener community on the progress of Kitchener’s Urban Forest Strategy, to determine if increased targets can be considered. In keeping with our goal to build a Vibrant Economy, action to develop a vision for Downtown Kitchener is now underway. With endorsement from Kitchener City Council, a comprehensive vision for Downtown Kitchener will be developed, through a community-led, staff supported process. The Downtown Community Working Group (DCWG), comprised of 25-30 members of the downtown and broader community, will play a key role in developing a comprehensive community engagement process and crafting a 10-year vision for creating a ‘downtown for all.’ While we are implementing the remaining actions in our current strategic plan, work is already underway to plan for our 2023-2026 Strategic Plan. Compass Kitchener, a citizen advisory committee, will be conducting public engagement to help determine what the community’s priorities are, as well as the vision for the next 20 years. Listening to the needs and priorities of the Kitchener community is an essential part of this process. Use your voice to help shape the vision for our city for the next four years and beyond. Find out how you can get involved and share your vision and ideas for Kitchener at

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AND YOUTH PROGRAMS! With summer rapidly approaching, parents and guardians are looking for ways to keep their children entertained. Now is the time to start thinking about summer camps. Registration for summer neighbourhood camps and youth programs will open on March 1, 2022. Young people who are interested in working with children can also apply for a summer job that will give them valuable experience in this field. There are opportunities for young adults and university/ college students to serve as youth leaders, leading the city’s weekly recreational programming for teens. City recreation programs are available to everyone, including camps, so fee assistance, camp readiness and inclusion support are available to qualified

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campers and their families. Some camps also offer before and aftercare to make drop-off and pick-up times more convenient. Don’t wait to register, camps fill up quickly! Register through ActiveNET, by calling the registration line at 519-741-2382 or TTY line at 1-866-969-9994. You can also register in person by visiting your local community centre. For more information on summer programs and registration, visit

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h c r a M at k a e r B the Market KITCHENER MARKET MARCH BREAK FAMILY FUN! March 15-18, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PI DAY - Stanley Park Community Centre March 14 - 7 – 8 p.m. Celebrating Pi Day (3.14) with math related games and activities and pi themed foods such as pie and pizza pie. TASTE OF MOROCCO: VIRTUAL DATE NIGHT March 19 - 6:30 -8:30 p.m. Kitchener Market presents virtual cooking class preparing traditional Moroccan dishes. Ingredient kits available for pickup.

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Food Hall and free synthetic ice skating each day. All daily activities are free, with no registration required. MARCH 15 Kids music with Erick Traplin - 11 a.m. to noon MARCH 16 Indoor movie times - 10 a.m. to noon & 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. MARCH 17 Tie-dye tote bag making - 11 a.m. to noon (supplies provided, first come, first served) MARCH 18 Kids music with Erick Traplin - 11 a.m. to noon

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