MHBPNA Blog

Welcome to the MHBPNA Blog, run for several years by our committed and long-standing Board Member, Ted Parkinson!  Ted created the original MHBPNA blogspot way back in 2008 and has dutifully kept it current and interesting since then.  This page merely provides a window into Ted's latest musings - for the real meat of the MHBPNA blog, and to see all the posts going back to 2008,  

Neighbourhood Association Meeting tonight

Our Neighbourhood Association meeting is open to anyone interested in the business of MHBP. It is at 7 pm in room 201 of the Breithaupt Centre. We will be discussing many issues in our neighbourhood including the Margaret Avenue Bridge, Street Painting, supporting local initiatives.Come out and join the conversation.

Victoria Common Fire Investigation

Most people in the Kitchener area know about the unfortunate and costly fire at the Victoria Common development on July 22, 2014. We have been asked to post the following in case anyone can help out with the ongoing investigation. Thanks!FIREIncident #: WA14164729Publish Date: Jul 24, 2014Incident Date: Jul 22, 2014Location: LOUISA ST, KITCHENER, ON CanadaThe investigation into this incident is continuing and is now being led by Waterloo Regional Police General Division detectives.

Another weekend, what to do?

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.

Neighbourhood Mobilization Alliance -- Final Meeting?

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.

City of Kitchener and its "Partners"

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?

Road Construction in our 'hood

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.            

Bike Rodeo, Sunday 1-4

The MHBPNA is helping sponsor this fabulous event. Please click on image to enlarge. Even if you do not have children aged 3 - 8 you will want to see the bike polo demonstration!

Building Bridges, Painting Streets and Making a Bike Rodeo

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.

No Parking at Lippert Park

The widening of Weber street is bringing a great deal of change to our neighbourhood. Streets will be closed (Breithaupt and, ultimately, Waterloo), houses have been torn down and Lippert Park will gain some land as Weber is straightened.This is Lippert Park as it appeared a couple of years ago:Notice the wide shoulder on the street. There was a nice 3 metre boulevard between the street and the park where people often parked their cars.