Sports and recreation


Healthy citizens make a healthy community - and we recognize our role in this equation, offering a wide range of programs and services that promote healthy, active living, as well as family and community relationships.

Multi-purpose facilities, outdoor and indoor poolssportsfieldsarenas and community centres operate across our city, providing citizens of all ages - from children and youth to adults and older adults - with year-round programs and opportunities to complement their quality of life.

Programming choices include arts and crafts, music, sports and fitness and special-interest courses - providing a variety of athletic and recreational options for all interests and abilities. Check out the program options and register online using Active Net.

These sport and recreation activities are supported by the efforts of thousands of dedicated volunteers, sport organizations and a number of neighbourhood associations, who help run programs and organize major tournaments and special events.

Franklin Park: sports court renovation

Working together to create active public spaces, the Franklin Public School Parent Council, Waterloo Region District School Board and the City of Kitchener partnered to improve the design and location of the existing sports court behind Franklin Public School, 371 Franklin St. N.

In June 2017, the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation awarded the Waterloo Education Foundation, in support of the Waterloo Region District School Board, a Children & Youth Capital grant to fully renovate and upgrade the court facility at Franklin Public School and park in Kitchener, which is shared between the city and the public school board.

The consultation

Members of the partnership formed a committee and conducted focus groups, interviews, local school and residential surveys. Here's what they heard:

During the consultation, a survey of schools near the park produced 125 responses, with another 52 coming from the community. Of the schools surveyed, 90 per cent of respondents were from Franklin public school, while 10 per cent were from other schools. The community members who responded were mostly parents/caregivers or local residents. The survey found that 49 per cent of respondents from the school will start to use the courts, while half of the respondents from the community intend to use the courts if they're renovated.

Focus groups

About 122 people participated in the school focus groups to determine how the courts are currently used, and intent to use when renovated. Participants included 19 breakfast program users, 40 staff and 63 grades five and six students.

The focus groups indicated the courts were used for gym, recess and before and after school. Once the courts are renovated, the focus group participants indicated they'd also use the courts for intramurals and classroom instruction.

The project

Responding to what they heard from neighbours, parents, school staff and kids, the committee created a concept plan that includes:

  • One fenced double tennis court with half-court basketball;
  • One single unfenced basketball full court;
  • Court surface to be coloured asphalt sealant;
  • Pathway access from Bradley Drive to Franklin public school;
  • Seating, both benches and natural stone;
  • Tree planting.

Project updates

The project is scheduled for this year. Check back for updates and construction timing later in the year!


August 21, 2018

The project team was unable to secure a contractor to complete the project in 2018. As a result, the work will be re-tendered to the public in the Fall of 2018 and scheduled for completion for the Spring of 2019.


For more information on the Franklin Park project, contact Mark Parris, Landscape Architect, at 519-741-2600 ext. 4397.

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