Waterloo Neighbourhood Matching Fund Still Active!

While this blog is no longer publishing, the Neighbourhood Matching Fund is still active and accepting applications for grassroots, neighbourhood place-making projects within the City of Waterloo.  See the City of Waterloo’s website for more information about the grant and how to apply.



We are now accepting applications for the Waterloo Neighbourhood Matching Fund!


Do you have a project that can help Waterloo become more livable, inclusive, safe and vibrant?


The Neighbourhood Matching Fund is a fund program that was established to encourage and facilitate citizen-initiated projects. Projects can focus on arts, education, environment, history, place making, community building and/or recreation.  The request must be matched through the applicant’s contribution of cash, volunteer labour, donated materials, supplies and services such as qualified trades.


Please visit the City of Waterloo’s website at: www.waterloo.ca/nmf for more information.


The application deadline date is May 22, 2015 at 4:00p.m.


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” I LOVE MY PARK” – Join us at Albert Street Play Space

What has been happening in Waterloo with Sparks Neighbourhhood Matching Funds??  Come out tomorrow and see the new Albert Street Play Space!!

“I love MY park!” ,

……..from the mouth of a child……..

Dear friends and supporters of Albert Street Play space,
The other day I sat in the little green space in the middle of the Albert Street town homes and watched as 28 kids engaged in various forms of play: two little guys turned a structure into a kitchen and busily baked and served cakes made of a delicious concoction of woodchips and energy, someone else pretended that the tower itself was a ticket office and called out information to passengers, while still others hung upside
down on the ropes.

28 kids, each using their imaginations, each engaged in safe play, all under the
watchful eyes of parents.
The community wants to say “thank you”. The community wants to celebrate!!!!!!!
Fullscreen capture 22092014 10226 PMYour generosity has helped to make this possible. Please join us for a BBQ supper along with a few other festivities as we officially open our new park.
Date: Tuesday, September 23 2014, 4pm – 6pm – Short program at 5:15
Alternative bad weather date: September 24, 4pm- 6pm
We are right by the bush on the west side of Albert Street. Parking is available on Albert Street.
For more information call April Brown 519-497-2156.

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Sparks Neighbourhood Matching Funds is taking applications for projects that will make your neighbourhood a better place for you and your family to enjoy and flourish!



Cycling within the region has just gotten more accessible, more affordable and more widespread. On July 17, 2014 Community Access Bikeshare (CAB) http://www.theworkingcentre.org/CAB – Waterloo Region’s fastest growing community focused bikeshare – launched its newest station at Your Neighbourhood Credit Union in Uptown Waterloo.

City of Waterloo Councillors Diane Freeman, Mark Whaley and Angela Vieth, Carly Greco on behalf of Catherine Fife MPP, and MP Peter Braid were present to officially ‘unlock’ a ceremonial bike on July 17, joined by other community leaders and bikeshare members.

The newest station is nestled perfectly at the cusp of Uptown Waterloo at 168 King St S, at King and George Streets (one block south of the junction of King and William Streets).


“The station’s location makes it ideal for residents of Waterloo Region to travel between the exciting events happening this summer in Downtown Kitchener and Uptown Waterloo” comments bikeshare organizer Suzie Taka.

As CAB’s fifth active station, the new station at Your Neighbourhood Credit Union works in conjunction with stations at the Kitchener Market, GRT Charles St. Terminal, Kitchener City Hall and Sunlife Financial at King and Union streets.

Bikeshare membership is affordable ($40 for 7 months of riding), accessible (members don’t need a credit card to participate) and accountable (the map on the bikeshare’s website shows bike availability in real time at all the stations, as well as station hours). Members can pick up and return a bike at any one of the bikeshare stations in the network.

The new Uptown Waterloo station became a reality due to many partners and sponsors, including the newest bikeshare sponsor, the City of Waterloo’s Neighbourhood Matching Fund. Community Access Bikeshare is excited to be working with the City of Waterloo to encourage cycling as a viable transportation option in Waterloo.

Community Access Bikeshare looks forward to working with Waterloo’s citizen groups and neighbourhood associations, including the Uptown West and the Mary-Allen Neighbourhood Associations, which are closest to the newest bikeshare stations. We welcome new bikeshare members, volunteers, and conversations with potential station hosts, sponsors and partners.Uptown Station launch July 2014 (2)

For more information about Community Access Bikeshare and to view station locations visit http://www.theworkingcentre.org/cab, call the bikeshare office at 519-743-1151, ext. 172 or follow the bikeshare on Twitter @CABikeshare.

Join us as we drive change in Waterloo Region!

Uptown Station launch July 2014 photo caption: (clockwise, from front, left) City of Waterloo Councillor Diane Freeman, Carly Greco on behalf of Catherine Fife MPP, Waterloo Councillor Mark Whaley, MP Peter Braid and Waterloo Councillor Angela Vieth unlock bikes to officially open the newest Community Access Bikeshare station in Uptown Waterloo at Your Neighbourhood Credit Union on Thursday, July 17, 2014. For more information about Community Access Bikeshare and to view station locations visit http://www.theworkingcentre.org/cab.

Let there be blue!!

Guelph Street Garden

If you’ve visited the Uniroyal Goodrich Park  since August 2 & 3, you might have noticed the bright blue roof that now completes the rainwater structure being built there over the last few weekends! What a dramatic finish! Were were very fortunate to have the steel roof material donated to the Community Garden by Vicwest. And of course, another great crew of helpers!

Read on to see how the day unfolded, how we raced against the wicked Saturday afternoon rain and thunderstorm and how 650 screws makes a roof a beautiful thing.

Trent laid out a great plan for our weekend, that would see the steel roof installed & completed! Order of Operations: Trent laid out a great plan for our weekend, that would see the steel roof installed & completed!

This is what 50 years of working together looks like! Juanita's parents came out to help on Saturday - and they have lots of experience of working together after 50 years on a farm! This is what 50 years of working together looks like! Juanita’s parents, David & Marjorie Metzger,  came out to help on Saturday – and they have lots of experience of working together after 50 years on…

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