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Park Etiquette

A woman and man walk in a park

The City of Waterloo owns and manages more than 800 hectares (1,977 acres) of greenspace that is used for sports, parks, trails, woodlots, waterways, environmental lands and much more.

We encourage you to respect and protect these lands at all times by following some basic tips.

  • Obey all signs posted in the park
  • Stay on designated trails and respect all trail users
  • Keep dogs on leashes (unless you are in the leash-free area at Bechtel Park) and do not let pets roam free
  • Leave wildlife alone - the Ministry of Natural Resource's website has more information on living with wildlife
  • Do not disturb, remove or plant vegetation
  • Remember, encroachment on public property is prohibited

Public trash cans

Trash cans in parks and on pathways are to be used for litter only. Things like wrappers, coffee cups, napkins and tissues, lunch waste, etc., can be thrown out in public trash cans. As the saying goes, "the only cure for litter is you."

City of Waterloo staff are responsible for public trash can collection on a 10 to 14 day rotation schedule. When residents dispose of pet waste and household garbage in these public trash cans, they make it difficult and sometimes dangerous, for staff to collect this garbage safely.

  • Dispose of pet waste the right way - use a compostable bag and put it in your green bin at home. The Region of Waterloo does accept pet waste in the green bin and provides a list of locations that sell compostable bags. 
  • Dispose of household garbage the right way - the Region of Waterloo is responsible for household garbage collection. Their website has information about the recycling program and curbside collection schedule.

What we'd like to avoid is having our public trash cans look like this:


Photo Gallery: Garbage in public trash cans will appear here on the public site.



More information 

Your co-operation will help us to reduce maintenance costs and maintain the integrity of our greenspaces now and for future generations.