Another All-Way stop for Blair Road in West Galt May 6, 2024

All-way stop signs are coming to Blair Road and Bismark Drive in West Galt, six months after all-way stop signs were installed nearby at Blair Road and Grant Street.

According to signs posted at the intersection, the Blair-Bismark all-way stop signs installation is set for May 6, 2024.

Salisbury-Hardcastle All-Way Proposed, too

And residents of the Salisbury Avenue and Hardcastle Drive area may also get the all-way stop they want at that intersection, too.

There, people have been asking the City of Cambridge for traffic safety changes since 2020.

$1,200 cost for All-Way

Cambridge City Council unanimously voted to spend $1,200 to install more stop signs at the Blair-Bismark intersection on February 27, 2024. The work included new pavement markings.

It’s a busy route for students walking to nearby St. Augustine Catholic Elementary and Blair Road Public schools along Bismark. The schools are located to the west and east sides of the intersection.

The all-way stop was installed at Blair-Bismark due to concerns raised by area residents, says a staff report to City council on February 27, 2024.

Blair-Grant All-Way Stop

In November 2023, the city installed all-way stop signs at the Blair-Grant intersection near Mount View Cemetery.

That’s about a kilometre south of Blair-Grant. That’s at the start of the one-way section of Blair Road towards downtown.

Yard waste curb side collection returns to Cambridge March 25, 2024

The return of yard waste bags to curbs are a sure sign of spring in Cambridge, like Snowdrop flowers blooming and Robins singing.

At-the-curb yard waste collection begins in Cambridge the week of March 25-29, 2024. As usual, it’s also a green bin and blue box collection day.

Alternating-week yard waste collection ends in the week of November 18-21, 2024, according to the region’s 2024 waste collection calendar.

The region changed its recycling contract on March 2, 2024, moving to a Ontario-wide operation run by Circular Materials.  

No changes are planned for curbside pickup of yard waste, blue box, green bin, garbage or bulky items.

What changes is who you contact with questions about blue box pickup or getting a replacement blue box. It’s now Miller Waste Services, not region waste management officials.

Rake-to-the-curb leaf collection starts Nov. 13 in West Galt

Maple leaves on the ground on an autumn day.

Halloween is history and it’s time to start thinking about the city’s rake-to-the-curb leaf collection, set to start Nov. 8 and continue through Dec. 6, 2023 in Cambridge.

City crews will collect the leaves for composting, once section of the city at a time. Look for an interactive online map at this link, under the “Cambridge Leaf Collection Program” drop-down section.

Leaf collection times

Here’s what West Galt residents need to know about leaf collection:

  • Nov. 13- 17 – collection mostly in the triangle of west Galt between the Grand River, St. Andrew’s Street and the south city limits.
  • Nov.  20-24 – collection west of Rosslyn Road and north of Bismark Drive; and south of Blenheim Road to St. Andrew’s Street.
  • Nov. 27-Dec. 1  – collection north of Blenheim Road including Blair Village, west of the Grand River.
Cambridge city crews collecting leaves.

The city encourages property owners to leave leaves in place over the winter, providing habitat for pollinator like bees and butterflies.  

Cambridge is designated a Canadian Bee City, for local efforts to protect pollinator habitat.

Or you can rake, mulch and compost, to keep the nutrients on your property for your 2024 growing season.

Yard Waste pickup ends week of November 22

Region of Waterloo curbside yard waste collection continues for two more weeks in 2023: Nov. 6 and Nov. 20.

Bagged yard waste collection in Cambridge is provided by the Region of Waterloo.

You may also take your bagged leaves and yard waste to the Cambridge Waste Management Centre, 201 Savage Dr., Monday to Saturday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Fees may apply.

Here’s the city’s leaf collection tips video:

$1.2 M Dickson Park grandstand construction nearly complete in West Galt

It looks like the reconstruction of the Dickson Park grandstand will be done by winter.

Work involves a top-to-bottom restoration of the 104-year-old historically designated structure.

Work started in late July 2023 on the nearly $1.3 million project, funded by the City of Cambridge and Ottawa.

Work involves repairs to the flat roof, replacing the wooden bench seating and concrete foundation, and new access step repairs.

To passersby, reconstruction of the Dickson Park grandstand looks like it will be done by the time winter weather arrives in December 2023.

On Sat., Nov. 4, 2023, painters worked in the unseasonably warm 9 C weather, working under the roof from a cherry picker lift.

  • Dickson Park Grandstand 2023 reconstruction showing new wooden seating.
  • Dickson Park Grandstand 2023 reconstruction showing rotten wood removed from structure.
  • Dickson Park Grandstand 2023 reconstruction showing painting underway.
  • Dickson Park Gran.dstand 2023 reconstruction showing work nearly complete on new flat roof
  • Dickson Park Grandstand 2023 reconstruction cost on sign.

Dickson Park History

Dickson Park was created in 1871 when William Dickson Jr. donated 21 acres of land to the Town of Galt.

The original grandstand was built in 1891 or 1892, says Jim Quantrell, in his history book Time Frames, from the City of Cambridge Archives.

The grandstand was doubled in size around 1904, as the Galt Horse Show was a big annual event in Dickson Park at the time.

On Jan. 8, 1916, the grandstand burned to the ground. Three boys later admitted to setting the fire.

Today’s grandstand in Dickson Park was built in 1919. Today, it is a historically designated structure under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Use the slider to compare now and then photos. There’s been a grandstand at Dickson Park in Cambridge since 1890 or 1891. The photo of the original grandstand is courtesy of the Cambridge City Archives. It shows the structure after it was expanded in 1904. It burned to the ground in January 1916. Today’s grandstand was built in 1919 and is undergoing renovations in 2023.