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“Moments” by Gerry Houghton at McLennan Park

McLennan Park, Kitchener

The newest sculptures in the City of Kitchener are far more interesting than the infamous “worm” in front of the courthouse on Frederick Street. The Pedestrian on the parking garage at Charles and Benton Streets is easily understood as is this new art in McLennan Park on Ottawa Street in Kitchener. The park officially opens tomorrow and the festivities and events are detailed here.

(McLennan Park , 901 Ottawa St. South, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Title: Moments
Year: 2011
Artist: Gerry Houghton
Medium: Aluminum
“Moments”, the new public art work at McLennan Park, is a 5-metre tall aluminum sculpture. Four figures are grouped together: cyclist, skateboarder, walker, and ice skater, to celebrate the spirit of recreation at McLennan Park.

Written by Ruth

August 12, 2011 at 7:23 am

K-W Multicultural Festival

Setting up for the festival which runs this Saturday and Sunday

One of our favourite annual festivals is on this weekend at Victoria Park in Kitchener. I took this picture last night as we walked at the park between rain showers. Hopefully the weekend weather will cooperate for this outdoor event. The Kitchener Waterloo Multicultural Centre has more information on their website.

Written by Ruth

June 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

More New Features at McLennan Park

New Skateboard Park (Near Ottawa Street Entrance)

I am spending a lot of time at McLennan Park these days!

Playground and water park area- (Water park not yet opened)

Written by Ruth

June 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

New Puppy and the New Leash-free Park

Raven in the leash-free dog run, McLennan Park, Kitchener

My computer time has been largely taken by the lastest addition to our family. A 12 week old puppy is a pleasant but time consuming companion. We live near McLennan Park and development of the site is nearing completion. The wet spring weather has caused some  delays. The old leash-free park was closed for several months and the new and greatly enlarged run is now open. It is a nice place to socialize a dog and to meet other pet owners.

The dog park has mature trees, a shady trail, a water tap and plenty of waste receptacles. Judging by the cleanliness of the area, it appears that most people do pick up after their dogs.

There are a number of benches where pet owners can sit and rest or visit. Our little lady likes to sit under the bench when she is tired or overwhelmed by all the activity.

You can enter the area from Strasburg Road or the Ottawa Street South entrance and parking lot. The Blackhorne Drive entrance is not open yet.

Written by Ruth

June 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Posted in Low cost or Free, Parks

Love in the Park

Waterloo Park, Waterloo ON

Written by Ruth

June 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Posted in Low cost or Free, Parks

My Old PC

Boyer RONA Building Center- 5 Forwell Road, Kitchener, ON

Two years ago we recycled a couple of computers at Computer Recycle Depot on Erb Street in Waterloo and I wrote a post about this new company. We had a computer and scanner to dispose of this weekend and discovered that Computer Recycle Depot was no longer across from the Erb Street landfill site. Their website now directs to and a number of drop off locations are available in the region. I ended up driving to the new RONA store on Forwell Drive in Kitchener to use this free electronic drop off box. Here is a partial list of drop off locations:

Elmira:            MCC Thrift & Gift    59 Church Street, Elmira, ON

Kitchener:    Boyer RONA Building Center   5 Forwell Road, Kitchener, ON

Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership  1-1120 Victoria St. N, Kitchener, ON

New Dundee:  Formerly Harron’s RONA  1127 Bridge St. New Dundee, ON

Waterloo:  Waterloo Generations -another MCC Thrift Shop 50 Bridgeport Road, Waterloo, ON

Written by Ruth

May 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Sunshine and Blue Sky!

Kitchener offers over 30 miles of community trails throughout the city suitable for walking, jogging, bicycling, walking the dog or even bird watching. The trails are well-marked and groomed with stone. Maps of the trail system are on the Grand River Transit maps which can be obtained for $2 each at Kitchener Community Services, 7th floor of City Hall or the Transit Terminal on Charles Street in Kitchener. (source)

It was a treat to see a few hours of sunshine this evening after almost a week of rain.

Written by Ruth

May 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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