Strategies

Ongoing strategies

Parkland Strategy 

The aim of this strategy is to create an 10-year action plan for Waterloo’s park system that will prioritize infrastructure and operational investment.

Parks are one the city's largest and most diverse assets, from neighbourhood parks, urban parks, cultural parks and athletic parks to woodlots, wetlands, natural corridors and linkages. This strategy will establish a plan based on existing service levels, and review park inventory and resource allocation.

In June 2018, a public info session was held to share project information and get public input on the vision and the goals for Waterloo's parks.

Materials from public info sessions (PDFs)

If you have questions about the strategy, or require documents in an alternate format, contact us at 519-747-8757, TTY (for deaf) 1-866-786-3941, or parklandstrategy@waterloo.ca

Uptown Public Realm Strategy 

This strategy aims to ensure spaces between buildings, streets, parks, alleys and other places in the uptown are making the best use of public space. Following background research and public engagement, phase one of the strategy is complete. Highlights and media coverge from this phase are included on the Stantec website.

Phase two will include plans, strategies and area-specific initiatives, built from information gathered during phase one. In September 2018 a draft strategy was presented to council, along with a staff report that provides draft guidelines for privately owned publicly accessible spaces.

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Supporting documents (PDFs)

A final recommended strategy will be presented to council for approval on March 4, 2019 (afternoon meeting). At that meeting, council will also consider approval of a Guideline for POPS.

If you have questions about the strategy, or require documents in an alternate format, contact Janice Mitchell, policy planner, at 519-747-8546, TTY (for deaf) 1-866-786-3941, or janice.mitchell@waterloo.ca

Completed strategies

Action Sport Strategy 

Finalized in 2013, this strategy provides a plan for the most common action sports practiced in the city's public spaces, including skateboarding, BMX and mountain biking. It included an analysis of opportunities and challenges for developing action sport venues, focusing on the following themes:

  • Local destination facilities
  • Action sport growth
  • Neighbourhood amenities
  • Benefits of designated environments
  • Youth engagement 

Review of the themes led to a two-tier model for action sport venues:

  1. City-wide hubs - the primary, largest scale venues
  2. Neighbourhood facilities - smaller venues near youthful residential areas
Supporting documents (PDF)

Visit engageWaterloo to help implement the next phase of the Action Sport Strategy.

Built Heritage Strategy

Approved by council in 2015, this strategy created a 10-year plan to conserve cultural heritage buildings and landscapes. It recognizes that conservation is a shared responsibility, requiring the involvement of city departments, property owners and other stakeholders.

As the city plays a key role in the partnership, the strategy emphasizes how we can better support community partners and take a leading role in the collective effort to conserve cultural heritage resources.

Supporting documents (PDF)

Museums and Collections Strategy

Finalized in 2015, this strategy outlines a long term vision for the museum and its collections, including opportunities for residents to become more engaged through the museum. 

Supporting documents (PDF)

Neighbourhood Strategy 

Approved in 2018, this strategy will be put into action over the next five years. It encourages neighbour interaction, empowers residents to lead and commits the city to an enabling corporate culture. 

Supporting documents (PDF)

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Older Adult Recreation Strategy

Finalized in 2015, this five-year strategy focuses on program delivery, volunteers, affordability, recreation facilities, and Local Health Integrated Network programs. 

Supporting documents (PDF)

Outdoor Sports Field Strategy

Completed in 2012, this is a 20-year strategy for multi-purpose sports fields in Waterloo. The vision is to ensure residents have access to quality fields throughout the city, enhancing health and capacity for sport and play.

Supporting documents (PDF)

Uptown Parking Strategy

Finalized in May 2008, this strategy guides parking decisions in the uptown core. It addresses the challenges and opportunities of the municipal parking program in terms of supporting economic development and good urban design.

Supporting documents (PDF)