Waterloo seeks feedback to improve the Laurel Greenway, including Willis Way and the public square

Posted On Wednesday January 06, 2021

The City of Waterloo is working with consultants, SHIFT Landscape Architecture, to identify opportunities to improve the Laurel Greenway experience, and both teams encourage the community to share their thoughts and ideas. 

The Laurel Greenway is a linear park space and trail that weaves through uptown Waterloo, running from Weber Street in the east into Waterloo Park in the west. The greenway connects public spaces and neighbourhoods, and provides a strong connection to the historic Laurel Creek. 

The study focuses on three key areas: 

  1. Improving the experience along the entire Laurel Greenway, focusing on the trail, wayfinding, active transportation and connections between spaces throughout;
  2. Exploring a shade structure for Waterloo Public Square to support activities year-round; and
  3. Creating a more vibrant and welcoming experience on Willis Way between Caroline and Regina streets.

Waterloo council approved the feasibility study and associated budget in 2019, as part of the uptown public realm strategy, which provides a plan for a high quality, inviting and vibrant public realm in the uptown, by looking at the spaces between buildings, including parks, open spaces, streets and other corridors.  

Due to the pandemic, public engagement for the Laurel Greenway project will take place completely online and the project team is hopeful the community will take the opportunity to submit feedback, ideas and insights from home.

Detailed information about this project is posted on Engage Waterloo. We encourage the public to visit each of the project pages and share their ideas, review background information, and complete short surveys. 

  1. Improving the Laurel Greenway
  2. Reimagining Willis Way
  3. Exploring shade structure options for Waterloo Public Square


This first round of public engagement runs from January 6 – 29, 2021. 

Based on the input received, the project team will develop preliminary concepts and share design options with the community in June/July 2021 through Engage Waterloo. After this, the project team will complete the feasibility study and present it to council in September 2021. Should council approve the feasibility study, planning can begin to determine the various phases and timeline for construction within the study area.



Media contact:

Shelly Reed
Communications consultant