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Park Strategy

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The city is developing a park strategy to establish a vision for our park system for the next ten years and to develop the action plans needed to achieve the vision. The strategy will explore and guide areas where new direction is needed and will prioritize park infrastructure and operations investment. The strategy will establish a city-wide go-forward management plan based on established service levels and will review current parkland inventory and resource allocation.

Input from the community is an important aspect of this project and key to developing a successful strategy that meets our community's needs and supports a healthy, safe and active Waterloo. Early this summer, staff will begin an extensive public engagement program to engage a broad range of community audiences. Stay tuned! We'll share details as they become available.

Please join us for a public information centre

A number of initiatives are taking place in Waterloo Park including:

  • upgrades to the Central Street entranceway to the park;
  • trail improvements to the central promenade (Laurel/Trans Canada Trail) that runs through the park and will operate parallel to the Region of Waterloo's light rail transit (LRT) corridor;
  • the transfer of programming from two existing ball diamonds (1 and 2) in Waterloo Park in order to  provide space for a proposed festival area in the heart of the park;
  • the beginning of an environmental assessment addendum to address issues with Silver Lake and Laurel Creek within the park; and
  • the beginning of a park strategy to develop a vision for our park systems throughout Waterloo.

Join us for an informal public information centre where you can drop in to learn more about the changes planned for Waterloo Park and speak with the project managers involved in the above initiatives.

When: May 16, 2017 between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W., Waterloo

Background

Waterloo has an exceptional network of over 1,000 hectares of parkland representing the largest spatial community asset managed by the city. The parkland system is as diverse as it is expansive and continues to grow to meet the needs of an urban and culturally-diverse population. These valued assets consist of community parks, neighbourhood parks, urban parks, cultural parks, athletic parks, special-use-lease parks, woodlots, wetlands, natural corridors and linkages. Parkland provides social, recreational, health, ecological and economic benefit to the community and serves an aesthetic function as an essential element in creating a beautiful, livable city.

Waterloo is undergoing significant growth that is affecting the planning and operations of the parkland system. Intensification and population growth result in higher demands for parkland and some suburban parks need a relook to ensure they are meeting the changing needs of our residents. New suburban parks are being added requiring maintenance resources that are already stretched. The city's demographic is also evolving which means the community is using parkland in new ways with a demand for features that support all ages.

The park strategy will establish a comprehensive plan with the vision, goals and actions needed to guide priorities for the next ten years.

Additional information

  • Feb. 27, 2017 staff report requesting the initiation of the park strategy project and providing background, key challenges, project deliverables and timelines