The DPPCA is a Community Association recognized by the City of Kitchener. Our mandate is to provide recreation programming and to encourage residents of all ages to be actively engaged in our community life.
All residents of the Doon Pioneer Park Community (see boundary map) are members of the DPPCA. Every year at our Annual General Meeting (usually in April) we elect a volunteer Board of Directors to run the association and to oversee its programs and events. Anyone who lives within the boundaries of the DPPCA and who is 18 years of age or older can be nominated for a position on the Board of Directors and can vote at the AGM.
DPPCA Vision Statement
It is the goal of the DPPCA to provide members of the Doon Pioneer Park Community with opportunities to participate in and or direct community centered event and activities Our purpose is to assist in the development of a stronger community by providing access to affordable activities, programs and events that encourage a sense of community.
DPPCA Mission Statement
Our mission is to assist in building a stronger sense of community by developing, organizing, planning, implementing and promoting community based programs, activities and events which meet the leisure and recreational needs of the Doon Pioneer Park Community. To achieve this goal the DPPCA will on an annual basis with input from the community review the activities and events undertaken by the Association.
Aim and Objectives of the DPPCA
- To represent the residents within the boundaries of the DPPCA in areas concerning proposed changes, or planned changes, which affect the community
- To promote friendly community spirit within the geographic area of the DPPCATo encourage participation of all residents of the area in the workings and offerings of the DPPCA
- To cooperate with existing groups in the Doon Pioneer Park area, so that a well coordinated program of activities will result
- To encourage the best use of present facilities and the development of new ones
Some frequently asked questions:
Refunds must be requested before the third class unless due to extenuating circumstances, in which case, the request must be approved by the program manager/director. Refunds will be prorated with an administration fee of 20% of the full program cost will be applied to all refunds. No administration fee will apply if the customer requests a credit prior to the third class taking place; credits will be prorated based on the number of remaining classes. A 20% administration fee will be applied to refunds for customer account credits.
Requests to transfer programs must be made prior to the third class taking place and will be based on program availability. Transfers after the third class must be approved at the program supervisor’s discretion.
All programs and schedules can be subject to change in date, time, fee and location. Programs will be cancelled if registration is insufficient. No registration fees for accessibility workers. Register for Special Event and Drop In programs during regular hours at the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre.
Pick up Policy
Parents/caregivers will be granted a 5 minute grace period after class has ended to pick up their children 7 years of age and under from their program. For each 15 minute or part thereof that a parent/caregiver is late in picking his or her child up, he or she will be required to pay $5.00. The late fee is payable upon arrival and should be given to the DPPCC staff on duty. Parents may opt out of this policy for children enrolled in a childrens program. See the DPPCC staff for this pick up policy opt out form. Children 8 years of age and older will be allowed to leave at the end of the program, event or activity on their own accord.
For your information
Out of concern for the health, safety and enjoyment of all users of our services and facilites, the DPPCA will not tolerate smoking, alcohol, drug use or possession thereof, harrassment, foul language, slurs or vandalism of an type. Anyone who commits inappropriate or prohibited behaviour may be asked to leave the program without a refund, at the discretion of the DPPCA, in conjunction with the City of Kitchener’s Behaviour-Unacceptable Conduct Policy. For DPPCA participants’ safety and liability purposes, only registered participants are permitted in program rooms during program time. All others will be asked to wait in the lobby. The DPPCA is unable to provide you with an allergy free zone. Be sure to fill out the medical section on your program registration form so we can be sensitive to yor condition. If local schools are closed because of weather conditions, all DPPCA programs are automatically cancelled. Please call 519-741-2641 when in doubt. Be advised taht make-up classes will be arranged if possible but refunds will not be given.
Inclusion Services Can Help!
If you or your child has a disability and requires accomodation to participate, assistance may be available. Requests should be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date to allow time to coordinate the accomadation. Please call Inclusion Services staff at 519-741-2200 ext. 7229 or TTY 1-866-969-9994
Some great accomplishments from the DPPCA:
First opened in 1996, the Sprayground keeps our youngsters cool and wet during the hot summer months. It was funded by grants from the Southwest Optimists, City of Kitchener and donations from many schools, businesses and individuals. The Sprayground consists of a concrete pad with a sprinkler system, a brightly decorated pump house, picnic tables, bench seating and a sun shelter for those who need the shade. It is open in June through to September, weather permitting. It is free to use.
Doon Skatium Mobile Skateboard Park
Our portable skateboard park was born from a desire of local groups and individuals to provide fun, healthy, safe activities for the youth of our community. With funding from the Festival of Neighbourhoods grant, a Trillium Foundation grant and donations from the City of Kitchener and the Southwests Optimists, the park opened with great fanfare in 2001. It continues to be operated spring through fall, weather permitting, in the parking lot at the Community Centre. It consists of various grind rails, flyover boxes, a 1/4 pipe and is open to any youth with a skateboard, inline skates or BMX bike. The park is run by the City of Kitchener staff who monitor the use of safety gear, such as helmets and provide technical support for equipment repairs. Throughout the summer months, this portable park is shared with other community centres on a rotating schedule.
Doon Pioneer Park Community Garden
The DPPCG is a 16 plot vegetable garden located on city property beside the Community Centre. It was started in 1999. Gardeners have access to tools, water and compost to maintain their individual plot. In return for helping to maintain the pathways and fence rows around the pestiside free garden. The garden was designed in the shape of a wagon wheel to honour the history and the heritage of the garden location. Garden plots are available every Spring. If you are interested call 519-741-2641 to find out more.
DPPCA Volleyball Classic
The DPPCA Volleyball Classic is the largest indoor hard court tournament in Ontario. Attracting teams from all over the province, this tournament brings together players of all ages and abilities for a 2 day extravaganza. The tournament offers 4 levels of play, prizes, friendly competitions and the Volleyball Classic dance. The main event is held in April and a 1 day event is held in November. Check out our newsletter for details.
DPPCA Christmas Miracle
This annual program was started in 1982 by residents who wanted to share the meaning and spirit of Christmas with their less fortunate neighbours. Each year, he Christmas Miracle provides hampers to more than 50 families in need. In early December, local schools, businesses and individuals collect and donate gifts of non-perishable food items, cash, toys and yarn. The yarn is distributed to local knitters who create warm hats and mitts for our community’s children. Later in December, the gift hampers are packed and distributed, neighbour to neighbour. If you would like to help out, contact the Community Centre at 519-741-2641 in early November. If you need a Christmas hamper, contact a local community service or the Outreach worker at the Centre.
DPPCA Boundary Map
DPPCA Website Policy
The Doon Pioneer Park Community Association is a not-for-profit organization whose primary mandate is to provide recreation programming for the Doon Pioneer Park Community (see boundary map). Our Association is: Not-for-profit, Non-denominational, Non-partisan, open to all members of the community, recreation oriented and community based. The primary purpose of our website, www.dppca.ca, is to communicate with our community members and to inform them about DPPCA sponsored recreational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, programs, events and activities that may be of interest to the Doon Pioneer Park community. The DPPCA website is wholly owned and operated by the DPPCA. With the limited space available on the website, our priorities for postings will be as follows: DPPCA recreational programming, DPPCA information and administration, DPPCA events and activities and DPPCA volunteer opportunities. The following submissions will be considered for space on the DPPCA website ONLY if there is room: City of Kitchener notices, information or administration, especially when it affects the activities of the DPPCA, other advertising of recreational activities or events that may be of interest to the Doon Pioneer Park community and other notices of information and administration that may be of interest to the Doon Pioneer Park community. The DPPCA website does not accept paid advertising. The DPPCA reserves the right to edit any submission to the website for length or clarity or to conform to our policies. The DPPCA reserves the right to reject any submission to the website that does not conform to our policies or cannot be accommodated because of space limitations. The DPPCA does not accept liability or responsibility for any external link placed on our website. The choice to click on a link is solely at the discretion and risk of the user.