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.
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.
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:
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 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.
Blenheim Road closes from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2023, between Parkwood Drive and Queensbrook Crescent in Cambridge.
That’s where the Canadian Pacific Kansas City Railway line crosses the two-lane road in West Galt.
It appears the road will be closed to allow Capital Paving crews to work, according to a City of Cambridge road works map.
The work is tied to the Cambridge West subdivision project, where hundreds of homes are under construction west of the CPKCR tracks.
Cambridge plans a $3.4 million rebuilding of Blenheim Road in 2024, between the Devil’s Creek crossing near the railway and Mount View Cemetery.
That project includes a new sanitary sewer and water main. It also proposes a pedestrian path along the south side of Blenheim, connecting the Devil’s Creek trail to trails in Victoria Park and Mount View Cemetery roadways.