Last weekend we had the Waterloo Jazz Festival and the Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer in Victoria Park as two events. They were a lot of fun. Of course, we have the Kitchener Blues Festival in just a couple of weeks as well.There is an ongoing exhibition and events for Building Waterloo Region. Please check out their website. This weekend there are even more events in downtown Kitchener which is just a short walk from our neighbourhood.
The Neighbourhood Mobilization Alliance (NMA) has been meeting for about 15 years. It was started when the Mt. Hope - Breithaupt Park area was a little "rougher" than it is now and it has brought together citizens, police, fire department and By-Law officials to talk about neighbourhood problems and issues.Involvement in this group has risen and fallen as issues come and go. Currently we have a very active Neighborhood Association (NA) and the city of Kitchener has a call center for By-Law complaints and other issues.
MHBPNA had a meeting on Wednesday, July 9th at the Breithaupt Centre. All our meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to come out. The rest of the meetings for 2014 are marked on the calendar to the right side of our Blog.
Please tell the City of Kitchener how you feel about selling 'branding' rights to private companies. How does "Woodside Park, sponsored by Ed's Bar and Grill" sound? Or the "Adele's Cheesecake Ice Pad"? It could happen.Corporate branding can bring in additional funds that can pay for services and infrastructure and save tax dollars. Perhaps Ed's Bar and Grill could pay for the historic interpretors the Federal government abandoned. Should we allow the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium to be renamed?
The Weber-Victoria intersection shuts to all traffic Monday, July 7 through Friday, Aug. 15.Victoria Street opens to traffic on Aug. 15, but Weber remains closed between Victoria and Wellington Street until Sept. 12. So, beginning Monday, Weber Street (at Victoria) will be closed for 10 weeks! The full story is here.
We have had a great deal happening in our neighbourhood over the past week. Summertime seems to be very busy. Here are a few updates:A small, but influential, delegation from the MHBPNA presented our neighbourhood's position on the different options for the Margaret Avenue Bridge at a Kitchener City Council meeting on Monday, June 30th. We spent almost 5 hours at the meeting to ensure our neighbrouhood was represented and the bridge is built as soon as possible.