Albert McCormick Central Plaza officially opens July 16

Posted On Friday July 16, 2021

The City of Waterloo is excited to announce the opening of the Albert McCormick Central Plaza, a project in the making since 2013. 

“Waterloo loves the skatepark uptown,” says Brooke Milsom, landscape technologist for the City of Waterloo and the lead on this project. “We are thrilled to bring another skatepark, and several other amenities, to this beloved community centre.” 

The Albert McCormick Central Plaza is the newest addition to Waterloo’s outdoor recreational space. It is located at the front of Albert McCormick Community Centre (AMCC) at 500 Parkside Drive, and features fun and exciting amenities for all ages, including: 

  • A 5,000 square foot skatepark
  • Climbing structure
  • Accessible basketball court
  • Splash court
  • Gathering and seating areas

Ward 3 Councillor Angela Vieth applauds the new space. “I’m so impressed! AMCC is well known for its library, ice rinks and community rooms, and now these popular spaces are nicely balanced with amazing outdoor features that everyone will enjoy. Our community provided valuable input into this project and city staff used that feedback to build something truly remarkable. I look forward to seeing the plaza bustling with activity this summer and for many years to come.” 

In addition to these new recreational amenities, the city’s arts and culture team will hire a local artist to design and install two community benches in the space. These benches will resemble seating, like a couch or chesterfield, which one might find in a home, and the design will be based on feedback received from the community. 

The City of Waterloo extends a hearty thank you to local residents for contributing to this much-anticipated outdoor recreational space, and is proud of the collaboration amongst its community services, arts and culture and integrated planning and public works teams to bring this project to life. 

The City of Waterloo also reminds residents to be mindful of COVID physical distancing rules when visiting the plaza. 

  • The splash court is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • All other amenities are open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Splash court: During busy times, please keep your visit to less than 20 minutes.
  • Basketball court: During busy times, please keep your visit to less than 45 minutes.
  • If areas are busy, please form a queue and wait your turn. Maintain 2 m distance. Masks recommended while waiting.


Project background: 

In 2013, Waterloo Council approved the city’s action sport strategy, which provides a plan for the three most common action sports practiced within Waterloo’s public spaces – skateboarding, BMX and mountain biking. The strategy sets the vision, approach and actions necessary to guide the expansion of opportunities for urban action sports in Waterloo. 

Subsequently, city staff selected three locations for the new action sport parks: 

  1. Albert McCormick Community Centre
  2. Stork Family YMCA/John M. Harper Branch Library
  3. RIM Park

In 2018, city staff engaged New Line Skateparks Inc., to provide their expertise for the AMCC skatepark designs – the same firm that helped with the design of the skatepark on Father David Bauer Drive, and several action sport parks across Canada. 

Hundreds of community members shared their thoughts and comments on the features they wanted to see at the skatepark. In 2019, New Line presented final designs to council and the community for final input, and construction began in 2020. 

Pending council approval, city staff anticipate the construction for additional action sports parks and bike parks will take place as follows: 

  • RIM Park West Bike Park – 2021
  • Stork Family YMCA/Harper Branch Library Skate Spot – 2022
  • RIM Park East Skate Park – 2023

Please visit our Engage Waterloo project page for more information.



Media contact:

Shelly Reed
Communications consultant
City of Waterloo