Mill Courtland Community Centre Expansion

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The Mill Courtland Community Centre (MCCC) is undergoing a redesign and development process. We have contracted Jay Pitter Placemaking to lead the first phase of this work. The practice will develop a comprehensive business case with some elements of a master plan. The scope of this work includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Leading a series of story-based and broader community engagement initiatives
  • Facilitating community design charettes
  • Developing high-level design guidelines and concept sketches
  • Conducting a site and neighbourhood analysis, and
  • Developing an economic and sustainability plan to guide the expansion of the site.

Ms. Pitter and her team are deeply invested in the community centre's distinct grassroots history. They will coordinate with:

  • City of Kitchener staff
  • Local neighbourhood associations and community groups
  • Individuals and families living in the neighbourhood, and
  • Broader City of Kitchener stakeholder groups.

Community members will have many opportunities to participate in the process through local walks, sharing stories about the community centre and contributing design ideas. The main questions guiding this process include:

  • What's most important to you about the community centre?
  • How can the centre and its outdoor spaces enhance quality of life for all community members?
  • What physical, social and/or economic barriers do you experience when accessing the community centre?
  • How can the community centre expansion accommodate existing community members while welcoming future community members?

Your participation will have an impact on the programs, services, indoor and outdoor spaces at the centre for years to come.

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The Mill Courtland Community Centre (MCCC) is undergoing a redesign and development process. We have contracted Jay Pitter Placemaking to lead the first phase of this work. The practice will develop a comprehensive business case with some elements of a master plan. The scope of this work includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Leading a series of story-based and broader community engagement initiatives
  • Facilitating community design charettes
  • Developing high-level design guidelines and concept sketches
  • Conducting a site and neighbourhood analysis, and
  • Developing an economic and sustainability plan to guide the expansion of the site.

Ms. Pitter and her team are deeply invested in the community centre's distinct grassroots history. They will coordinate with:

  • City of Kitchener staff
  • Local neighbourhood associations and community groups
  • Individuals and families living in the neighbourhood, and
  • Broader City of Kitchener stakeholder groups.

Community members will have many opportunities to participate in the process through local walks, sharing stories about the community centre and contributing design ideas. The main questions guiding this process include:

  • What's most important to you about the community centre?
  • How can the centre and its outdoor spaces enhance quality of life for all community members?
  • What physical, social and/or economic barriers do you experience when accessing the community centre?
  • How can the community centre expansion accommodate existing community members while welcoming future community members?

Your participation will have an impact on the programs, services, indoor and outdoor spaces at the centre for years to come.

Want to stay informed about this project? Subscribe for updates by clicking the 'Subscribe' button.

Have questions? Use the ‘Ask a Question’ tab.

  • Mill Courtland Community Centre Expansion Idea Boards

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    On Saturday, Sept 10 Jay Pitter Placemaking held a community engagement open house at the Mill Courtland Community Centre to seek feedback on a set of design idea boards as part of the business case and hybrid master plan process. Feedback will be continue to be collected on these boards at the MCCC itself where they will remain on display until Sept 30, 2022 and through the Engage Kitchener page.

    You can view the boards by downloading them here and are able to leave your feedback as a comment to this newsfeed post.

    It's important to note that not all the ideas presented on the boards will be included in the final business case and represent a menu of options that have resulted from Jay Pitter's equitable placemaking and design approaches, research that University of Waterloo urban planning students have done, and community contributions. While all ideas will be considered, final decisions will be made on expressed community priorities, available budget, and existing municipal policies. Also, images displayed are for visualization purposes only and do not represent final designs.

    We are asking the community to respond to three questions on each boards:

    1. Which equitable placemaking and design concepts resonate with you?
    2. Which equitable placemaking and design concepts concern you?
    3. Which equitable placemaking and design concepts would you like to add?


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  • Join us Sept 10 to view, share ideas, and vote on design concepts

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    Join us at the Mill Courtland Community Centre to explore high-level placemaking and design concepts for the centre’s expansion.

    Centring Jay Pitter's equitable placemaking and design approaches, and community contributions, University of Waterloo Urban Planning students contributed images and precedents to help local stakeholders collectively visualize their future community centre. We are committed to deeply considering the community's preferences, priorities and concerns. We also welcome additional insights and ideas.

    Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022

    Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

    Where: Mill Courtland Community Centre

    Following this engagement with lead consultant, Jay Pitter and her team, the display boards will be up at the community centre for a month and a digital document will be posted online to extend engagement.

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  • Report: The story of a local community centre

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    Thank you to everyone who shared their stories with us earlier this year as part of the Mill Courtland Community Centre Expansion project!

    Jay Pitter has prepared a report with a summary of the stories that were gathered and key themes. A copy of the report is available on this page.

    Read the report

Page last updated: 23 Sep 2022, 04:51 PM