Getting to Know Guelph: Riverside Park

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In this installment, we highlight Riverside Park.


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Riverside Park


Location: 709 Woolwich St, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3Y8, Canada


Opened: 1905


Riverside Park in Guelph is an 80-acre park located in the North end of the city. Opening in 1905, the park has been a staple of the local community since its inception.


The park got its name, Riverside, because of the fact that one of Guelph's two main rivers runs directly through it - the Speed River. A bridge connects the park on either side of the river. Visitors are welcome year-round to take in some of the various events, attractions, and scenery the area has to offer.


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The park has three points of entry via vehicle; the main entrance off Woolwich Street, the "middle" entrance via Marilyn Drive, and the north entry from Woodlawn Road. The grounds are also accessible via trail from Woodlawn Road, Riverview Drive, and Speedvale Avenue.


The famous floral clock (pictured above) is located at the Woolwich entrance. Also located at this entrance is a model of the first home to ever be built in Guelph, which John Galt built in 1827 for his family.


But what makes Riverside Park so special to the residents and visitors of the Royal City?


No matter how old you are, it's a great place to go for a day or evening depending on what time of year it is.


There is fun for the whole family with a new playground, a merry-go-round, a miniature train ride, paddle boats, pavilions, and three baseball diamonds. There are also multiple bathrooms and a concession stand on site.


Several events populate the park each year. In the summer, Guelph Ribfest is hosted on-site at the end of August every year, a Multicultural Festival in June, and the city's Canada Day Celebrations take place each July 1, which includes rides, various foods, and vendors.


For winter activities in Guelph, the popular Festival of Lights welcomes people of all ages to enjoy spectacular light displays while the New Year's Eve fireworks are a must-see.


If you're the type who prefers a more relaxed setting, the park is covered with walking trails that provide beautiful scenery in a wooded area along the river. The park is big enough that you can enjoy a quiet summer day reading a book near the river before heading over to a concert at the Concert Shell.


One of Guelph's true gems, Riverside Park is more than a century old and remains the most popular park in town.


Thousands of people visit the park every year to relax, spend time with family, listen to live music, enjoy rides, and take in the unique atmosphere of one of the city's most beautiful areas.


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