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.

Detour: Blenheim Rd. closed Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2023, west of Parkwood Dr. in Cambridge

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.