Key decisions of Kitchener Council – Jan. 25, 2021

Key Decisions of Council is a summary of major discussion items presented at Kitchener City Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

One year since first COVID-19 case in Canada

At the beginning of tonight’s Council meeting, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic acknowledged that today marked one year since the first case of COVID-19 in Canada, and 10 months since an emergency was declared in the City of Kitchener and throughout Waterloo Region.  Mayor Vrbanovic paid tribute to our local health care professionals, first responders, city staff and other essential workers who have helped our community through this unprecedented period. He also acknowledged the 9,027 individuals who have struggled with a diagnosis of COVID-19 in Waterloo Region and ended with a moment of silence to honour the 191 people locally who have died as a result of this global pandemic.

Public art will brighten space around Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre

Council approved the commissioning of public artwork to be located outside Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre. This community centre was renovated and expanded in 2019/2020 to create a more welcoming space and to accommodate bigger indoor and outdoor gatherings. This included the creation of an outdoor grassy area that overlooks the splash pad and on which the artwork will be installed. A public art jury competition resulted in the selection of the proposal “Outdoor Community” by artist team Bennett Oh, Jinsu Park and Ethan Schwartz – all recent graduates of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. The team designed a curved bench that can be used for either large or small gatherings. The installation is expected in the spring or summer of 2021. The cost of the project is $31,500.

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Bethany Rowland
Director, Corporate Communications