The council meeting is happening on Monday, and everything is ready to go. I
have received supportive comments from 6 of the 11 councillors!
Here is the presentation if you want to take a look:
PDF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ix1rxclq33nt2ts/Gaukel%20Greenway-2.pdf?dl=0 ;
Due to privacy rules, I had to remove personally-identifiable information from
the document, including peoples' names. But I'll be sure to give a big shout
out to everyone that has supported this idea since March, and helped bring it
to the attention of our decision makers!
In other good news, I received an email today from the Downtown Kitchener BIA –
our application for a Community Builder Grant has been approved! This will give
us much-needed funding to plan a pop-up park on Gaukel Street in September. I'm
so excited to show our neighbours what's possible when we turn a road into
space for people!
We will hear back from the #LoveMyHood placemaking grant application shortly.
Please come to the council meeting on Monday if you can – 1:00pm, 2nd floor,
Kitchener City Hall!
On Jun 13, 2019, at 11:49, Melissa Bowman <dtkmelissa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Just checking if you need any help for Monday's council presentation.
On Sat, 1 Jun 2019 at 14:10, Melissa Bowman <dtkmelissa@xxxxxxxxx
I plan to attend. Thanks Sam!
On Sat, 1 Jun 2019 at 11:47, Sam Nabi <sam@xxxxxxxxxxx
I am thrilled to announce that we finally got a spot in the council agenda,
to ask City Council to endorse the Gaukel Greenway plan.
What: Finance & Corporate Services Committee
When: Monday June 17, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 2nd Floor Council Chambers, Kitchener City Hall
They will be discussing Kitchener's new strategic plan at the same meeting,
which will include priorities around environmental leadership and safe
transportation. Gaukel Greenway fits well into both of those themes!
Also on the agenda is our City's response to the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission calls to action. If you can stay for the whole thing, it looks
like they'll be discussing lots of important decisions.
Our presentation will be the first item on the agenda. If you can, please
attend the meeting. The more people who show up, the more likely it is that
council will support the request.
Thanks for your support so far, we are so close to getting Gaukel Greenway on
We have received support so far from: Ward 1 councillor Scott Davey, Ward 8
councillor Margaret Johnston, Ward 9 councillor Debbie Chapman, Ward 10
councillor Sarah Marsh, and Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. Only need one more to make
it a majority :)
I am meeting with Ward 2 councillor Dave Schnider on Wednesday June 12th, if
anyone would like to join me for that meeting, let me know.
To recap, this is our request that we want council to approve:
That council direct Transportation Services and Economic Development staff to:
1. Ensure Gaukel Street remains closed to motor vehicles between Charles and
King, immediately after Charlie West construction equipment is removed
(estimated Nov 2019)
2. Form an ad-hoc Gaukel Greenway working group including staff, residents,
business owners, and arts & culture representatives.
3. Develop a parking access plan to Hall’s Lane for 185 King Street West
(Pizza Pizza) and 191 King Street South (PUC Building)
4. Make Gaukel Greenway a regular bookable event space through Kitchener
Let's make Gaukel Greenway happen!
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