An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Posts Tagged ‘recreation

“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

Riverside Park Skate and Bike Park

The temperature was a “balmy” 7C today but this group of teenaged boys kept warm while doing stunts on bikes and skateboards at Riverside Park in Cambridge. An artist applied spray paint to the wall which faded during the winter months.

Written by Ruth

March 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Sudden Regional Forest

1839 Spragues Road, North Dumfries Township

The Region of Waterloo’s Regional Forests and Woodlands include 16 wooded areas owned by the Region. Sudden Tract is south of Cambridge at 1839 Spragues Road. I have enjoyed the trails here particularly in the fall and winter. The Chickadees and Nuthatches are very friendly and will eat out of your hand. This is where I saw my first Red-bellied Woodpecker a few years ago.

The boardwalk traversing the large wetland near Spragues Road has been closed to the public for over a year now. It is in poor repair and is missing cross boards in many areas. People (like myself) walk around the barriers and follow the trail toward the back of the forest where glacial hills and formations add the beauty of the forest. I wouldn’t recommend using this trail though especially when spring arrives.

The boardwalk over the wetland is unsafe

Here is a link to a January 2011 report from the Region of Waterloo concerning the Regional Forest Management Plan. According to the report, in the fall of 2010 ” a team of students from Conestoga College’s Environmental Engineering program undertook the project of designing a replacement boardwalk as their major course project. To date they have produced an “Existing Conditions” report and are currently in the design stage of the project. It is anticipated that if their recommendations are realistic and achievable, that their proposal will be presented to EEAC for consideration at a later date.”

Red-bellied Woodpecker along broken boardwalk trail

Written by Ruth

February 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

McLennan Park in February

McLennan Park” is the number one search term which leads people to this website. We have posted pictures of various activities here including the tobogganing hill, bike park, dog park and the view. The next phase of development is well under way and I will post about that later. I stopped here on the way home from work this afternoon as the time was approaching 5 PM. It was a bitterly cold day but the late afternoon sun lit the hill up warmly. A few brave tobogganers were out, some going down the big main hill and others sliding on the bike park jumps. Here are a few more pictures to celebrate our infamous “Mount Trashmore”.

Written by Ruth

February 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Kiwanis Park, Kitchener

This is a late afternoon hockey game on an outdoor rink at the entrance of Kiwanis Park in Kitchener. (map)

Written by Ruth

February 9, 2011 at 12:33 am

Churchill Park, Cambridge

This small water wheel is located near the Highway 24 entrance to Churchill Park in Cambridge. We used to visit the playground here when our children were little. Here is a web page with more information about the park amenities.

Written by Ruth

January 3, 2011 at 12:53 am

Happy New Year!

Free Skating at Waterloo Town Square

Today is the last day of 2010 and we kept the resolution made last January to post a picture about Waterloo Region each day of the year. With so many interesting places and events to visit, the project was enjoyable and not difficult to complete. I don’t promise to keep up with daily posts in 2011, but will continue to add pictures frequently.

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!!

Written by Ruth

December 31, 2010 at 12:20 am