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Kitchener, let's go!

After two years of finding new and creative ways to safely connect and celebrate, in-person events and festivals are returning to get Kitchener going this summer.

For city-run events, the season kicks off with two days of music-filled fun, beginning with Neighbours Night on Friday, June 17

A free concert in Victoria Park will be headlined by national recording artists Virginia to Vegas and Delaney Jane, along with special guest, Rêve. Neighbours Day, on Saturday, June 18, will move the party to porches and front lawns across Kitchener as residents host performances by local artists, 
along with BBQs and a variety of other community events.

Canada Day is always one of the biggest events of the summer and it returns to Downtown Kitchener on Friday, July 1 with lots of family-friendly fun, an evening concert, headlined by Glass Tiger and featuring Alyssa Reid, Bad Child, and Rufus, and a beautiful fireworks display to cap off the night.

Kitchener’s biggest street party will take over downtown when Cruising on King Street rolls in on Friday, July 8, 6-10 p.m.. The classic vehicles will set up in front of City Hall and along King Street. Groove to live entertainment while checking out some of the coolest cars ever made.

On Saturday, July 23, the Wayback Festival will be a classic rock celebration and a trip back in time. Experience retro fun with food vendors, a licensed area, and performances from two legendary Canadian acts, Trooper and Lee Aaron.

Local families will be happy to know that our beloved Kidspark event will once again be held in Victoria Park this summer. On Sunday, August 21, enjoy lots of fun activities, games, and performances that will have the little ones laughing, learning, singing, and dancing.

In addition to big festivals and events, look out for details on artisan markets, movie nights, concerts, and more planned at community centres, the Kitchener Market, on Gaukel Street and throughout Downtown Kitchener. You can also get out to enjoy some exercise and good times at the city’s golf courses, parks and walking trails, indoor and outdoor pools, and splashpads too. It’s going to be a great summer... Kitchener, let’s go!

To learn more about upcoming events and festivals, visit kitchenerevents.ca

Kitchener’s new Love My Business program supports suburban businesses 

Local businesses have been impacted significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring many to pivot and adjust to changing restrictions and circumstances. This past April, Kitchener City Council approved the Love My Business program to provide support for local businesses in suburban areas of Kitchener that were impacted by the pandemic. This new program was launched as part of the Make It Kitchener 2.0 Economic Recovery Framework, which supports local businesses in re-engaging their customers and attracting new ones. The program was developed in consultation with the Kitchener business community and supports the city’s strategic goal of creating a vibrant economy.

The Love My Business program aims to inspire residents to support businesses in their own neighbourhoods, while also creating connections that would allow businesses to collaborate with other local businesses. As part of the program, funding is provided for partnership events among Kitchener businesses, collaborative marketing initiatives, and one-to-one consultation with city staff to help support digital content creation.

For more information about the program and eligibility visit, makeitkitchener.ca/lovemybusiness

Here are more details on the support programs:

Host a community event

  • Collaborate with another Kitchener business to host
  • a community event
  • Examples include a pop-up market, open house, family fun day, tasting passport, competition event, live music, etc.
  • Up to $1000 towards event expenses

Marketing collaborations

When three businesses work together on a marketing collaboration such as:

  • Direct mail campaign
  • Social media campaign
  • Advertising (digital or print)
  • Budget of $500 per participating business

Digital content support

Book a one-to-one session with the Love My Business Coordinator to assist with content creation.

Develop skills to:

  • Batch produce photos and videos
  • Create Instagram reels
  • Get started with TikTok
  • Strategize and schedule content

Businesses can apply to participate in the program from May 1, 2022, until Oct. 31, 2022.

Eligible businesses include bricks and mortar businesses that were negatively impacted by Provincial COVID-19 restrictions (i.e., restaurant, retail, fitness, beauty and entertainment) and are located in suburban Kitchener.

   

Help shape decision-making in your community

Get involved in the 2022 municipal election

The next municipal election is on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. While the fall may seem like many months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about the role you want to play on election day. Here are just a few ways you can get involved in the 2022 municipal election and help shape decision-making in your community:

Run for office:

Want to be a key decision-maker? Consider running to be a member of Kitchener City Council. The nomination period for municipal candidates opened on May 2 and closes on Aug. 19. If you’d like to run for office, visit our website at kitchener.ca/runforoffice to learn more about the eligibility requirements and to book an appointment with city staff to file your nomination.

Register to vote:

Voting for the candidates that will represent you for the next four years is one of the best ways to ensure your interests are represented in your local government.

Mark your calendar for election day on Oct. 24 or make plans to vote early during advanced polls on Oct. 12-15. If you’re eligible to vote in the next municipal election, check first to make sure you’re on the voters’ list and if not, add your name as soon as possible to receive your voter notification card in the mail.

Apply to be an election worker:

It takes hundreds of dedicated people to help us carry out a fair and equitable municipal and school board election every four years. Be part of the process and consider applying to work during advanced polls or on election day. Subscribe to our webpage at kitchener.ca/electionjobs to be notified when applications open.

For the most current election information, including details on the candidates, voting process, and polling locations, visit kitchener.ca/election

5 reasons to join Team Kitchener

For staff at the City of Kitchener, working in public service is more than a job – it’s a calling. Our staff come to work every day with a clear purpose: to proudly serve our community. From the services we deliver to the programs and events we run, working at the city means you play a key role in improving residents’ quality of life and making our community an even better place to live.

If you’re passionate and enthusiastic about a career in public service, here are the top five reasons why you should consider joining Team Kitchener:

Our People Plan – this is our strategy for supporting our employees, so we can create the kind of culture that continues to make Kitchener a great place to work. Visit kitchener.ca/PeoplePlan to learn more.

A place to learn and grow – our corporate learning and development programs offer a variety of different subjects to help you develop your skills and grow your career.

Health and safety – we place great importance on health, safety, and well-being to help ensure you’re at your best - at work and at home, which is why all our staff have access to well-being supports and receive training to ensure they’re equipped to do their jobs safely.

Inclusion – our workforce values differences and believes in recognizing and respecting all people. We live the values and commitments in our Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Policy, which guides how we work together and with the community.

Appreciation and fun – we value the contributions of all staff which is why we’ve developed several employee recognition programs to show our appreciation and celebrate the hard work, milestones and achievements of all employees.

Is the City of Kitchener a place you want to work? Learn more about a career at the city and find current opportunities at kitchener.ca/jobs

 

   

Engagement opportunities

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 engagekitchener.ca   

Road reconstruction projects

From spring to fall each year, the city completes several reconstruction projects to maintain the safe operation of Kitchener roads. On Engage Kitchener, you can now learn and ask questions about new road reconstruction projects in your neighbourhood. This option complements the paper mailouts that are currently sent to affected residents.

Find out more at engagewr.ca/RoadReconstruction

Kitchener in Bloom pulse check

Whether you’re gardening in your front yard or back yard, on a deck or balcony, or at a community garden – we want to hear from you! For over 20 years, Kitchener In Bloom has recognized all varieties of street-facing gardens and celebrated the gardening efforts of Kitchener residents. Your feedback will help us to improve the program and expand its impact.

Share your thoughts at engagewr.ca/KitchenerInBloom

Shaping your vision for Kitchener today and in the future

Kitchener’s strategic plan is more than just a guiding document – it represents our community’s shared vision for the future of our city and it motivates key decision-making that ensures we build the kind of city you can be proud to call home.

We’ve been hard at work these past three years bringing your the vision for an innovative, caring, and vibrant Kitchener to life. In its first year of implementation, we’ve completed 14 of the 44 actions included in the city’s award-winning Housing for All Strategy. Staff continue to collaborate with community partners, area municipalities, and the Region of Waterloo to create more housing opportunities and support the implementation of the right to housing locally.

Our Corporate Climate Action Plan achieved a major milestone this year, with the city reaching its corporate greenhouse gas reduction target of eight per cent. Following the success of our current Corporate Climate Action Plan, the city will begin developing a new plan for the future to align with the actions included in TransformWR’s community climate action plan.

While we continue to make great progress on our current strategic plan, we’re actively seeking input for the community priorities that will make up our plan for 2023-2026. In March, a phone survey was conducted to ask for input from residents across Kitchener. This summer, we’re continuing to engage with residents to learn more about priorities for the next four years and to help us create a 20-year vision for our city.

Your voice matters. Help shape Kitchener’s future by sharing your perspective and ideas with us. There are lots of ways to contribute.

Visit kitchener.ca/strategicplan to learn more about the ways you can get involved.

 Upcoming events

June

tri-Pride Summer Festival
Victoria Park, Kitchener  
Saturday, June 4, 12 - 8 p.m.  
Celebrate pride with entertainment, vendors, bar area and kids zone.  
Facebook.com/triPrideCommunityAssociation

Kids in the Kitchen  
Kitchener Market  
Saturday, June 11 AND 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
Inspiring young chefs, teaching importing early kitchen skills.  
KitchenerMarket.ca/Calendar

King StrEATery Food Truck Festival + Our World Music Festival  
Downtown Kitchener  
Sunday, June 12, 12 - 8 p.m.  
Food trucks festival and musical performances.  
Kitchenerevents.ca

Neighbours Night  
Victoria Park, Kitchener  
Friday, June 17, 6 - 10 p.m.  
Free concert with Virginia to Vegas and Delaney Jane, with special guest Rêve.  
Kitchenerevents.ca  

Neighbours Day  
Neighbourhoods in Kitchener  
Saturday, June 18, 1 - 5 p.m.  
Live music on porches, driveways, front lawns, boulevards and more!  
Kitchener.ca/neighboursday 

Father’s Day at the Market  

Kitchener Market   
Saturday, June 18, 2 - 6 p.m.   
Celebrate Dad and the important men in your life with a beer garden, BBQ, and artisan vendors.   
KitchenerMarket.ca/Calendar    

Mid-Summer Gardening Class *Virtual Online
Tuesday, June 21, 7 - 8 p.m.
The free online event includes master gardeners who will have conversations and answer questions.   
Facebook.com/cityofkitchener/events  

Dallas Smith
The Aud   

Friday, June 24, 7 p.m.  
Celebrated Canadian country music star performance.   
theaud.ca

K-W Multicultural Festival
Victoria Park, Kitchener    
June 25 - 26, 12 - 6 p.m.   
Food, fun, music and dance from around the world.    
Kitchenerevents.ca    

July

Canada Day
Carl Zehr Square, Kitchener City Hall    
Friday, July 1, 6 - 10:30 p.m.  
Free concert and fireworks with Glass Tiger, Alyssa Reid, Bad Child, and Rufus John. Food and drinks available.    
Kitchenerevents.ca  

Cruising on King Street
Downtown Kitchener     
Friday, July 8, 6 - 10 p.m.    
Classic car show and street party. 
Kitchenerevents.ca

Rockin’ it at Rockway
Rockway Centre 
Enjoy music, food and drinks on the patio every Wednesday night. 
July 6-August 31, live entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m.
kitchener.ca/rockinitatrockway

DTK Ribfest and Craft Beer Show
Victoria Park, Kitchener     
July 15-17   
Barbequed ribs and chicken and Ontario craft-brewed beer.    
Kitchenerevents.ca

WaybackFestival
Carl Zehr Square, Kitchener City Hall    
Saturday, July 23, 6 - 10:30 p.m.   
Free concert with Trooper and Lee Aaron. Food and drinks available.    
Kitchenerevents.ca

August

TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Downtown Kitchener    
 
August 4-7   
One of the largest blues festivals in Canada with 50+ artists.     
Kitchenerevents.ca

Kidspark
Victoria Park, Kitchener      
Sunday, August 21, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.     
Creating fun, free, memorable moments with family-friendly activities and entertainment.  
Kitchenerevents.ca

June is Bike Month

Learn more about the city’s cycling infrastructure options

The City of Kitchener is committed to providing a variety of active transportation options so that people who choose to bike can move through our community safely and quickly!

Not sure what options are available?

Learn about the city’s cycling infrastructure options below and download our bike map at kitchener.ca/cycling

Separated bike lanes

We create separated bike lanes using bollards, curbs or raised medians. This improves safety and makes cycling more comfortable for everyone.

Multi-use trails

Pedestrians and cyclists share multi-use trails, whether the trail is fully off-road or in the boulevard next to a street. If you are on a bike, please yield to slower moving pedestrians to keep everyone safe.

Painted bike lanes

Painted bike lanes are marked lanes on roads for cyclists. These lanes are between the road and sidewalk, marked with:

  • white line
  • bicycle and diamond pavement markings
  • cyclist-only signs pointing to the lane

Bike boxes

You’ll find bike boxes at intersections across the city. They help make cyclists more visible to drivers and reduce the risk of a collision.

When a traffic light turns green and a cyclist is in a bike box, they can continue through the intersection ahead of drivers.

Life is cool by the pool

Looking for fun in the sun this summer?

With everything from family swims and lessons to a full staycation destination, Kitchener’s outdoor pools will be ready for you! 2022 welcomes back the return of popular programming, like single-visit public swims and lessons, and full access to changerooms at all outdoor facilities.

Kitchener’s outdoor pools open in June!

Find the location that best fits what you’re looking for.

Kiwanis Park and Pool - 1000 Kiwanis Park Drive

Opening Saturday, June 17, Kiwanis Park has a lake-like outdoor pool where families and friends can gather for a swim or a full day-long getaway. The park also features a leash-free dog park, canoe launch, volleyball courts, and play equipment.

Harry Class Pool - 45 Woodside Avenue

Opening Monday, June 13, Harry Class is located inside Woodside Park, and offers swimming lessons and public, family, and lane swim times.

Wilson Pool - 78 Wilson Avenue

Opening Saturday, June 18, Wilson pool is a shallow pool for families and guests of all ages to enjoy all summer long.

Idlewood Pool - 5 Thaler Avenue

Opening Saturday, June 18, Idlewood offers lessons, aquafit programming, and both public and family swim times. There is a shallow area and small slide for younger visitors.

All pool opening dates are weather dependent. For the most up-to-date information and to learn more about Kitchener pools, visit www.kitchener.ca/pools

City of Kitchener splashpads are also a great way to stay cool and are open now.

Learn more at kitchener.ca/swimming

 

Welcome back to the new and improved Carl Zehr Square

The City of Kitchener is excited to welcome residents and visitors back to the new and improved Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall

As a premier destination for community gatherings, events and casual visits, this public square in the heart of Downtown Kitchener is an important part of our community.

The redevelopment of the square will be wrapping up over the late spring and early summer – here are a few milestones to look forward to.

June

  • Main Carl Zehr Square open for public access
  • William’s Café patio area open
  • Access to stage and public washrooms
  • Access to all front doors at City Hall
  • West wing overhang open
  • King Street frontage fully open
  • Ramp and stairs open both sides
  • Water feature operational
  • Plantings completed
  • Signage installed

Although the main Carl Zehr Square will be reopened by the end of June, work will be ongoing at City Hall. The Duke Street side of City Hall will be closed from College to Young Streets for demolition work until spring 2023.

Land use planning explainer video series 

Why create a planning and development video explainer series?

It can be difficult to understand how the city plans to develop and how decisions on land use and growth are made. That’s why the city is rolling out a development video explainer series. This video series is one way the city is working to break down barriers to understanding growth and development in Kitchener.

What are we covering in our series?

Introduction to planning & development - This introduction simplifies how your community is shaped, now and in the future.

  • The vision for the city - the vision for land use and growth is set out in the city’s Official Plan.
  • Planning tools - there’s a lot to consider before shovels go into the ground.
  • Roles & responsibilities - when a property owner wants to develop a new use for their land, they begin a process working with city staff.
  • Zoning bylaws and minor variances - zoning bylaws are pieces of the puzzle for a complete community.

Coming Soon! Four more videos are currently in production:

  • Site plan approval
  • Additional housing units
  • Tall building design
  • Infill and redevelopment

Visit kitchener.ca/planningvideos to watch the whole series!

Tee up an active summer with Kitchener Golf 

Golf continues to be a popular pastime and was one of the few activities that continued through most of the pandemic. Kitchener golf courses provide an opportunity to be active and social outdoors. While COVID restrictions have been dropped at local courses, golf easily allows for physical distancing and masking for those who prefer to continue health and safety practices. Our municipal courses, Doon Valley and Rockway, have several different options to allow for users of all skill levels to enjoy or learn the game.

Doon Valley Golf Course is just minutes away from the 401, near the Homer Watson Boulevard exit. For those looking to improve their game, it features a driving range as well the short-yardage Pitch & Putt Course. Doon Valley’s 18-hole course offers a challenging layout amid expansive natural wetlands and river-side fairways. The Classic nine-hole course will play as a seven-hole course this summer as construction on Highway 401 has caused the temporary closure of holes one and eight. These holes are being reconfigured to ensure the safety of golfers and 401 drivers for years to come, but while the work is being done golfers can take advantage of a quicker, lower-priced experience.

Rockway Golf Course is a traditional favourite located in the heart of Kitchener. Its gorgeous, mature tree-lined course has been home to Canadian golf legends like Moe Norman and Gary Cowan, while still being a comfortable play for the most casual golfer. It truly is one of the best value golf courses in the area.

Kitchener Life is the City of Kitchener's newsletter, delivered to more than 60,000 Kitchener homes four times a year as a pull-out in the Kitchener Citizen. It has replaced our former newsletter Your Kitchener. 

The publication is intended to share information about some of the amazing people, places, projects and events happening around Kitchener. Each issue will feature information and tips for your health, for your home, and of course, for your 'hood.

Look a printed issue of Kitchener Life inside the Kitchener Citizen on a quarterly basis, at city-owned facilities, such as the Welcome Centre at City hall, swimming pools, arenas and community centres.

There is also opportunity for local companies and organizations to purchase advertising space within this eight page full colour newsletter.