Out and About in Mississauga: Enjoy Spring-time Activities!

It’s time to get out of that winter hibernation mode and give your body some much deserved vitamin D. Spring is officially here, which means it’s time to take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy spring-time activities in Mississauga.

1) Earth Days

Earth Days 2019 is taking place from April 15 to 27. It’s your chance to take action for the environment and help make Mississauga more sustainable and climate change resilient. There are a number of activities happening throughout the week that you can participate in like a tree planting or litter awareness sessions or a 20-minute makeover litter cleanup. Be sure to register for an event!

If you’re planning to do a little spring cleaning before then, you’ll be able to drop off clothes for donation or recycle electronics at no charge throughout the week. Participating locations are Civic CentreCentral Library or any of the City’s community centres.

2) Cherry Blossoms at Kariya Park 
Did you know that Mississauga has cherry blossom trees? Kariya Park is truly a hidden gem right in the heart of Mississauga with meandering walkways, a quiet pond and hill garden and approximately 59 Cherry Blossom trees. It’s a nice place to walk around with your friends or family to enjoy the beautiful blossoms this spring.

If the trees aren’t in bloom, you can also visit one of the City’s other parks, trails and woodlands too. Continue reading “Out and About in Mississauga: Enjoy Spring-time Activities!”

“A World of Tulips Is A World Friendship”

A Fitting Theme for the 66th Edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival 

The Canadian Tulip Festival’s World of Tulipstheme stems from last year’s October visit to Ottawa of “tulipists” participating in the World Tulip Summit.  More than 30,000 Cream Yellow World Friendship Tulipsplanted then are blooming now across the capital region including a special commemorative bed at Commissioners Park planted by the National Capital Commission, Official Gardeners of Canada’s Capital.  These cream-yellow Darwin Hybrids represent international friendship, and are the symbol of the 66th edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival which opened today. The Festival will continue for 10 days until May 21st.

Metaphorically the Festival is growing beyond its physical site locations of Commissioners Park-Dow’s Lake, Lansdowne Park, ByWard Market and the Garden Promenade where visitors can expect the sea of tulip beds, floral installations, the Hommage to Malak Photo Exhibit, workshops, garden and cycling tours, crafts market, music by Music and Beyond, dance events, Selfi spots, Mother’s Day Brunch, yoga in Majors Hill Park, Kids’ Fun Zone, and the ever popular fireworks display on May 20th at Dow’s Lake.

Through the World of Tulips theme, the Festival is connecting with and celebrating international relationships. The World Friendship Tulip Garden  is a unique garden setting made up of 5-foot tulips hand-painted by artists representing over 100 countries.  Continue reading ““A World of Tulips Is A World Friendship””

Mississauga Scores a Second Boxed Soccer Pitch for the Downtown Core

The City of Mississauga is constructing a second outdoor boxed soccer pitch in the city’s downtown core — the second pitch of its kind in Canada. The new pitch will be located at Mississauga Valley Park  and will provide outdoor recreational opportunities to residents while promoting and encouraging informal soccer play.

“I’m excited for the installation of a second boxed soccer pitch for Ward 4 and our downtown,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “Creating outdoor recreational spaces for residents, especially our youth, is important to the quality of life in densely populated areas of the city.  The new pitch, which will be just the second in Canada, arrives one year after the installation of the very first – also located here in Ward 4, in City Centre. Our second boxed soccer pitch will encourage residents to get outdoors and will help build a stronger, healthier and engaged community. For this, I am truly excited!”

City staff investigated the feasibility of installing an additional pitch at Mississauga Valley Park earlier this spring. With a high volume of park visitors, staff felt the highly-populated area with limited parkland would be the ideal location for the pitch.

“With the growing popularity of soccer in Mississauga, this second pitch is an opportunity to create a place where residents of all ages and abilities can enjoy watching or playing the game,” said Jodi Robillos, Acting Director, Parks and Forestry. “The City’s Downtown Growth Area Provision Strategy recommends the use of “pop-up” spaces to support healthy and active lifestyles.”

Under the pop-up sport concept, the pitch will not be formally programmed by the City but will continue to promote informal, drop-in soccer games. Continue reading “Mississauga Scores a Second Boxed Soccer Pitch for the Downtown Core”

Puerto Rico Is More Enchanting Than Ever

 Discover a beautiful isle that is welcoming visitors with open arms

A certain magic permeates the air in La Isla del Encanto, or “The Enchanted Isle.” Puerto Rico’s charm blesses the island with incredible flavors, hypnotizing sounds, dazzling natural beauty, and extends to its warm, inviting people.

Puerto Ricans have done an incredible job restoring the island following Hurricane Maria, with craftsmen, artists, builders, and planners all contributing their knowledge, resources, and materials to ensure Puerto Rico remains one of the most welcoming destinations in the world.

Now is the time to take advantage of all that La Isla del Encanto offers. Here is just a sample of what you’ll discover:

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Every day over 80 flights from different countries touch down on the island, which boasts six commercial airports. For most travelers, their Puerto Rican journey will begin in the island’s capital, San Juan.

There are countless stories locked away in the fortress that surrounds Old San Juan. Every corner of the city whispers tales of history. The Plaza de la Rogativa, for example, is home to a grandiose bronze sculpture depicting a religious procession surrounded by 180-degree views of the crystal blue San Juan bay. The sculpture memorializes a British led attack in 1797 against San Juan’s heavily outnumbered soldiers. In response, the citizens of Old San Juan raised their torches and gathered for a religious procession, an image that resembled a troop of Spanish reinforcements from a distance. The British, fearful of defeat at the hands of the Spanish army, immediately withdrew.

Approximately 20 minutes from the scenic Plaza de la Rogativa, you’ll find the AC Hotel San Juan Condado. Nestled in one of the capital’s most popular areas, guests will find themselves in walking distance of stunning beaches and lively entertainment. Continue reading “Puerto Rico Is More Enchanting Than Ever”