December 8, 2023

By Colin Burrowes, Spoke News

It’s been 25 years since Kitchener City Hall opened its doors with a vision of openness, welcoming people to the heart of the city.

“The opening of a new city hall in 1993… was an exciting time for both employees and the community,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “As someone who was an employee back then, I remember the excitement of the construction period and especially move-in week.”

Vrbanovic mentioned the pride city employees felt knowing the building would not only serve as a seat for local government but also as a community gathering place that has welcomed tens of thousands of residents and visitors to everything from festivals to skating and weddings.

To mark this milestone, the City of Kitchener invites the public to a celebration on Monday Sept. 17 from noon to 7:30 p.m. The celebration takes place 25 years to the day after city hall opened its doors.

There will be live music from local artists Jack Pender and Danica Guenette, architecture and art tours, and all community members are invited to show up at Carl Zehr Square at 1:15 p.m. for a photo similar to the photo taken at the original ground breaking.


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