Last reminder of the City-wide celebration Neighbours Day tomorrow
Saturday June 13th. Here's what's happening at Country Hills Community
Center, 100 Rittenhouse Road.
9 - 10:30 a.m. The fire department
and bylaw will be here. Ask questions to the experts about fire safety,
bike trails or take pictures with the fire truck.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Participate in a community art project, scavenger hunt, various games,
activities and live music that will be held throughout the day at the community center.
There will be a FREE giveaway to the first 100 guests at our event (one
per family). Enter for your chance to win a pair of day passes to
Bingemans, AND enter for your chance to WIN one of Four Grand Prizes!
You are welcome to take a tour of our facility anytime from 9-3 p.m. Just ask one of our staff or volunteers!
The weather is going to be great tomorrow, so we are going ahead to promote the area garage sales. Community Kijiji ads have been posted and refreshed daily. Community signs go up at the crack of dawn. Drive your own sales with your own signs and online ads. Basic Kijiji ads are free.
Last Thursday May 28th, we had a presentation from the Region of Waterloo about the proposed walkway. A detailed summary is below. They are very interested in getting community feedback. If you like, you can let me know what you think (firstname.lastname@example.org). I will summarize all the responses I get, and let them know. I'd like to know the following, but tell me more if you want...
- Would you use it yourself. Do you know if family members, or your neighbours would use it?
- Is the proposal something you would support in general? Why? Why not?
- What street do you live on?
If you want to know more, or have questions, come out to the open house info session on June 18th (details below). Region of Waterloo planners will be on hand to answer questions, and you can fill out their response form.
Or you can ask me. I might have answers.
Pedestrian Walkway Between Alpine Road and Homer Watson Blvd
Summary of Proposal
The Region of Waterloo is
proposing this walkway for people walking, cycling and using wheelchairs.No motorized traffic will be allowed.The walkway will run behind the businesses at
10, 20 and 30 Alpine Court, just north of the berm that separates these
business properties from the condo townhouses at 190 and 192 Alpine Road.At the Homer Watson end, the walkway will
emerge close to the signalized intersection of Homer Watson and Hanson Avenue.Right now, if approved, the walkway would not
be finished before 2017.
There are two primary reasons given
to have the walkway built...
1. To give residents of the Alpine Neighbourhood better access to the
businesses and services on the other side of Homer Watson - like St. Mary's
High School, Activa Sportsplex, public sports fields, the Family Center, and
Family and Children's Services.Homer
Watson between Block Line Road
and Ottawa Street
is 1.3 km long and there is no public point of access to Homer Watson from the
Alpine Neighbourhood along this stretch of Homer Watson.The number of Alpine residents potentially
using the walkway has not been estimated.
2. To enable clients of the Family
Center and of Family and Children's Services
(F&CS) to more easily access Grand River
Transit.Currently, their clients
arriving by transit walk from Courtland from a GRT #8 route bus stop.The walkway would shorten the walking
distance by 80 meters (to the Family
Center / 725m down to
645m) and by 320 meters (F&CS / 845 to 525m).It would also be more walkable than the
current route along Hayward.Using the walkway, people would walk to the
#11 route stop at Kingswood and Alpine.There are about 100 employees and 300 clients
using these buildings daily.Their
transit usage has not been defined.
The total cost to build the
walkway is around $500,000.This
- laying the 1.8 meter wide
strip of concrete that forms the path, with a chain-link fence on the berm
- putting in the lights that
will keep it illuminated at night.
- buying land from the property
owners of the Alpine Court businesses
- at the Homer Watson end, a
ramp would be built to make it easier for people with mobility issues to use
- extending a sidewalk a short
distance along Alpine Road to the start of the walkway
The walkway has an expected 20
to 25 year lifespan before major repairs are needed.
The land and walkway will be
owned by the City of Kitchener,
which will be responsible for maintenance.This includes snow clearing, garbage removal and grass cutting.The annual cost of maintenance has not been estimated.
Better transit access to the
Family buildings is also being reviewed.However, Grand River Transit (GRT) will not re-evaluate their transit
routes until the LRT is operating in 2017.Even if transit routes change, the walkway may still be recommended
solely on the basis of giving the Alpine neighbourhood better access to the
other side of Homer Watson.Currently
GRT finds that changing a current transit route to pass by the Family buildings
will require them to purchase a new bus (approx. $500,000) and staff/maintain
it (approx. $500,000 annually).
A group of the residents living
at 190 and 192 Alpine Road have formed a group that strongly opposes this
proposal.Some of their primary
arguments against the proposal are:
- anticipated low usage of the
- potential damage to natural
environment affecting at-risk bird species
- traffic safety at the Alpine
Road end of the walkway
- potential for criminal
activity, including vandalism and graffiti, in this isolated area
- poor emergency services access
to the path
- light pollution, especially
glare into the front windows of homes at 190/192 Alpine Road
- loss of privacy for residents
- noise and loitering
- litter and the lack of waste
- insufficient information provided
about ongoing maintenance costs
- potential bus route changes
may remove the need for the path
There will be an open house to
present this proposal to anyone interested on Thursday June 18th at the Activa
Sportsplex, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm in the Murray Fried Room.
On Tuesday September 15th the
proposal will be presented to the Regional Planning & Works Committee.At that time public delegations will be
permitted to speak about the proposal.On September 23rd, the proposal will be placed before Regional Council
for a vote to approve.No public
delegations will be permitted at that meeting.