The City of Kitchener and 8 80 Cities have partnered together to launch the first-ever pop-up park in Downtown Kitchener to build excitement and engage diverse communities in reimagining parks and public spaces. From Friday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 16 a temporary pop-up park will be set up in front of Carl Zehr Square for a weekend of community engagement, greenery, and fun. The pop-up park is part of the City of Kitchener’s Places and Spaces parks strategic planning process.  

Explore the pop-up park with friends and family and let us know what you think. The pop-up park will feature accessible pathways and play, nature-based play elements, open green space for passive use and cultural activities, an open fire, picnic tables and natural seating, community food gardens, and interactive art. 

“We’ve heard a lot of great ideas from community members over the summer about what they would like to see in their parks and open spaces. The pop-up park is about demonstrating and testing those ideas in real time, and asking the community are we on the right track? We hope we get even more folks engaged in the conversation on the future of parks in Kitchener,” says Niall Lobley, director, parks and cemeteries, City of Kitchener. 

Over the course of the three days the space will be programmed with a variety of activities for all ages, including live musical performances, outdoor movies, gardening workshops, community learning opportunities led by an Indigenous elder, community conversations on addressing houselessness in parks through the outdoor living room installation, cultural games, engagement stations, community picnics and more. 

“We’re excited to see residents from across Kitchener come and not only check out the pop-up park but also engage in reimagining what parks can be. We are inviting residents to be active co-creators of the parks and public spaces across the city. Help us discover and define how they can better reflect the diverse needs of communities in Kitchener as it grows.” Said Jayne Armstrong, project manager 8 80 Cities. 

For a full list of programs and activities, and to learn more about the pop-up park visit www.engagewr.ca/placesandspaceswhere you can also help shape the future of parks and open spaces in Kitchener.

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For more information, contact 

Shawn Falcao, 
Manager, Corporate Communications 

City of Kitchener 

Jayne Armstrong 

Project Manager 

8 80 Cities