Parks and Recreation Master Plan

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Your parks. Your recreation. Your voice.

We're updating our Parks and Recreation Master Plan to guide how we plan for the future development of recreational services and infrastructure in Guelph.

This is an exciting opportunity for residents to help us dive deeper into the themes and strategic directions of the Community Plan that relate to parks and recreation programming in our community.

The updated master plan will be a shared vision and strategy for how the City’s parks and recreation programs, services, and facilities should grow to meet current and future needs of the community.

This is your opportunity to participate in the plan’s creation by adding your voice to the conversation. Check out our engagement summaries from previous phases in the documents section on the right.

Thanks to everyone for your ideas, feedback and stories

  • Between August 8-28 2022 we were out in the community meeting people face to face and online to gather information for the homestretch of the Parks and Recreation Master plan.

  • Watch here for updates on what we heard later this year

  • Next steps: We will be back in the new year with a draft master plan for your feedback.


For more information

Mallory Lemon, Park Planner
Park and Trail Development, Parks
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3560
mallory.lemon@guelph.ca

Eric Pool, Project Manager
Recreation Services, Culture and Recreation
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3366
eric.pool@guelph.ca

Your parks. Your recreation. Your voice.

We're updating our Parks and Recreation Master Plan to guide how we plan for the future development of recreational services and infrastructure in Guelph.

This is an exciting opportunity for residents to help us dive deeper into the themes and strategic directions of the Community Plan that relate to parks and recreation programming in our community.

The updated master plan will be a shared vision and strategy for how the City’s parks and recreation programs, services, and facilities should grow to meet current and future needs of the community.

This is your opportunity to participate in the plan’s creation by adding your voice to the conversation. Check out our engagement summaries from previous phases in the documents section on the right.

Thanks to everyone for your ideas, feedback and stories

  • Between August 8-28 2022 we were out in the community meeting people face to face and online to gather information for the homestretch of the Parks and Recreation Master plan.

  • Watch here for updates on what we heard later this year

  • Next steps: We will be back in the new year with a draft master plan for your feedback.


For more information

Mallory Lemon, Park Planner
Park and Trail Development, Parks
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3560
mallory.lemon@guelph.ca

Eric Pool, Project Manager
Recreation Services, Culture and Recreation
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3366
eric.pool@guelph.ca

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    Are there any plans to replace the playground at Dovercliffe park. It has been pretty run down for years now.

    DavidC asked 6 months ago

    We have checked with our playground replacement team, and I have good news to share.

    Dovercliffe park is listed in our next set of playgrounds due for replacement.  At the moment, it  is slated for replacement in  2023, however the exact timing is subject to budget and approval by council.  Be sure to sign up for an account on Have Your Say to receive our monthly newsletters to be notified when the process begins.  We usually start engagement on playground designs in the late fall each year.

    How we select playgrounds for replacement:

    The age of the playground equipment is one deciding factor for replacement, but that's not the only thing we consider when replacing equipment. We must also consider the state of equipment and inspection records. We assess all playgrounds each year to monitor if they require replacement.

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    I'd love to see the Geese out of the parks along the river. It's getting uncomfortably messy during the summer. Trails are covered in droppings, can't enjoy the grass... Maybe this should be a major focus. I hear consistent complaints on a regular basis. Thanks

    KyleT asked 6 months ago

    We recognize that some of Guelph’s parks, trails and green spaces are regularly faced with over-population by geese that creates challenges, causes conflicts and makes a mess. 

    We don’t want to get rid of all of the Canada geese but we are working to prevent over-population in a few problem areas.

    The City of Guelph has a permit from the Canadian Wildlife Service to manage nests citywide, however, we are targeting Royal City Park, John Galt Park and Riverside Park.

    Goose management involves monitoring nesting sites in spring to intervene early in the incubation process and apply oil to eggs before development begins to prevent hatching. Unsuccessful breeding signals to the geese that breeding in this location was unsuccessful, encouraging them to try another place the following year.

    We also continue an active communications campaign to discourage feeding geese.

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    Can the Parks Department include a conversation for dedicated outdoor skating/hockey facilities. If smaller communities like Freelton and Aberfoyle can create these types of facilities, surely the City of Guelph can support a project like these. 1. https://www.flamboroughreview.com/news-story/6971635-ice-time-in-freelton/ 2. https://puslinch.ca/culture-recreation/community-facilities/optimist-recreation-centre/

    Adam Stewart asked 6 months ago

    Hello, we will be reviewing the need for sports infrastructure and space across the city, and outdoor hockey and skating will be included in that review. 

    We do have many outdoor community rinks run by volunteers that may suit your needs.  We also have an outdoor public skating rink at City Hall in the winter. You can find a list of outdoor community rinks here: https://guelph.ca/seasonal/community-ice-rink-locations/.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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    Would it be possible to move the playground at sunny acres further from the road and closer to the wading pool? It's less stressful. To have the kids further from the road and when my kids want to play separately it's hard to keep an eye on one at the wading pool and one at the playground.

    Hilary Straus asked 6 months ago

    Great news!  

    Through earlier community engagement in our playground replacement process this year, the new Sunny Acres playground area is indeed planned to move toward the middle area of the park. 

    More information on the playground design will be added to our Playground replacement page soon!  Be sure to sign up as a follower on that page to be sent an update directly.

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    Please consider looking at the portion of Waterloo Park in the City of Waterloo that is on Father Edgar Bauer Drive. This is the best example I can think of in the area that checks off the following boxes that make for an excellent public park: -mobility accessible -efficient use of space -readily available shade throughout despite not having large trees -aesthetically pleasing -tables for eating and gathering -splashpad -skatebowl -allows for circular movement flow yet choice of movement pathways -adjacent to existing sportsfields -near public transit -appealing to youth, adults and seniors all at the same time -something for everyone, be it for coming together, or doing your own thing

    aaronh asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for sharing Waterloo park with us, the recent additions on Father David Bauer Drive are certainly something to learn more about. Our team will look into it.

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