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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

Bagpipe Practice

A lone man practiced his bagpipes at dusk at Waterloo Park. Fortunately he was very good and we sat on a bench and listened to the tunes.

Written by Ruth

August 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm

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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

Cricket at Waterloo Park

Cricket warmups

Playing fields are gradually drying out and sports teams are getting a late start on their outdoor seasons. Cricket games are played at Waterloo Park throughout the summer months. This is a game I know very little about but it looks more interesting to me than football. 😉

Cricket game in progress at Waterloo Park

Directions to Waterloo Park

Written by Ruth

June 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm

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The cool, wet spring has made the grass very green but has delayed the opening of fruit tree blossoms. They will soon be at their peak in the region. This picture was taken in the rain yesterday at Lakeside Park in Kitchener.

Written by Ruth

May 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm