Leisure Facilities Master Plan to help the city provide high quality, accessible recreation programs and services for residents

Staff presented, and council approved, key findings along with 18 recommendations from its updated Leisure Facilities Master Plan. The recommendations outlined in the guiding document are the result of a ten-month review and will be referred to future business plans for implementation. The Leisure Facilities Master Plan is intended to help the city provide high quality recreation programs and services that foster lifelong participation, access for all, and sustainable environments, infrastructure and partnerships.

Recommendations from the 2019 Leisure Facilities Master Plan are grouped into five main categories:

  • existing leisure facilities commitments,
  • investing in, and maintaining existing infrastructure,
  • future leisure facilities and initiatives,
  • funding models and
  • partnerships.

In addition, council committed to a review of current ice demands within the community by the end of 2020 to identify short-term opportunities to meet user groups’ needs. And by 2022, conduct a detailed business case analysis regarding arena needs in the southwest portion of the city.  

Read more in staff report CSD-19-007.

Council directs staff to commission survey to support provincial efforts to engage community in regional review consultation

Council has supported Mayor Vrbanovic’s motion that staff be directed to commission a statistically representative survey of Kitchener residents that will augment provincial and regional efforts to engage the community in the regional government review. The results of the survey will be shared with the public, the premier of Ontario, the minister of municipal affairs and housing, the regional government review advisors, all regional MPPs and all local heads of council.

220 King Street West be used for community programming, pop-up retail and temporary art installations

Kitchener City Council has approved the retail space facing Carl Zehr Square, at the corner of King and College streets, to be used for temporary community programming, pop-up retail and art installations through May 2020. This prosed short-term solution allows for staff to work with community partners to animate and activate the space while Carl Zehr Square is under construction from 2020-2021. Staff will assess the long-term options for 220 King St. W. and present them to council in the spring of 2020.

Read more in staff report DSD-19-045.


For more information:

Nicole Amaral
Interim Communications Director
Communications and Marketing
519-741-2200 x 7861