Alexandra Park expansion

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Alexandra Park is located at 47 Alexandra Avenue, a very short distance to uptown Waterloo. It is bounded by Alexandra Avenue to the north, William Street West to the south and residential development to the east and west. It is the uptown west neighbourhood’s primary neighbourhood park.

In 2017, the city purchased 46 and 48/50 William Street West properties with the intent to expand the park. Existing buildings on these properties were demolished in 2018 and the city. The expansion of Alexandra Park offers a unique opportunity to re-imagine an urban park in the heart of one of Waterloo’s historic neighbourhoods.

Park Design Unveiling

Thank you to everyone who contributed their thoughts and ideas for this project. We are so excited to unveil the final design! Your feedback was instrumental in creating a beautiful park space that is welcoming, inviting and a reflection of your love of the area.

Normally we would present the design in person, however due to the pandemic, we are unveiling the design in video format.

Video #1: Alexandra Park public engagement update - This video captures our progress and how we came to this point in the project.



Video #2: Final design concept - This video is the official unveiling of the final design!


If you have questions about the final design, please submit them to Andrea Bazler or Daniel Waters directly.


Public Art Revealed

Thank you to all who contributed ideas and stories for Public Art in Alexandra Park. An artist and art piece have been selected for the forest area of the park.

We are pleased to announce the award of the Alexandra Park Public Art call to artists Sandra Dunn and Mark Resmer. The work is comprised of five over-sized, birdhouse-like structures. These structures will be placed throughout the wooded area of the park. Two of the five pieces will be located along the paved walkway to ensure that the pieces are accessible. These small and colourful structures will take on the look of dollhouses. The pieces will be suggestive of wooden block constructions and will echo the shapes of homes in the surrounding neighbourhood.


The giant birdhouses bridge the architecture of the neighbourhood and the natural life that exists in pockets of urban greenspaces. The artists describe the birdhouses as “an expression of community caretaking - we feed birds, we count birds, we invite them into our urban backyards. We can’t train them, they come and go with the seasons and they wake us up before the sun rises.”

We plan to install these beautiful pieces in the summer/fall of 2021.


This project is part of our 2019-2022 strategic plan, specifically: Healthy community and resilient neighbourhoods. To learn more about our strategic plan, visit waterloo.ca/strategicplan.


Alexandra Park is located at 47 Alexandra Avenue, a very short distance to uptown Waterloo. It is bounded by Alexandra Avenue to the north, William Street West to the south and residential development to the east and west. It is the uptown west neighbourhood’s primary neighbourhood park.

In 2017, the city purchased 46 and 48/50 William Street West properties with the intent to expand the park. Existing buildings on these properties were demolished in 2018 and the city. The expansion of Alexandra Park offers a unique opportunity to re-imagine an urban park in the heart of one of Waterloo’s historic neighbourhoods.

Park Design Unveiling

Thank you to everyone who contributed their thoughts and ideas for this project. We are so excited to unveil the final design! Your feedback was instrumental in creating a beautiful park space that is welcoming, inviting and a reflection of your love of the area.

Normally we would present the design in person, however due to the pandemic, we are unveiling the design in video format.

Video #1: Alexandra Park public engagement update - This video captures our progress and how we came to this point in the project.



Video #2: Final design concept - This video is the official unveiling of the final design!


If you have questions about the final design, please submit them to Andrea Bazler or Daniel Waters directly.


Public Art Revealed

Thank you to all who contributed ideas and stories for Public Art in Alexandra Park. An artist and art piece have been selected for the forest area of the park.

We are pleased to announce the award of the Alexandra Park Public Art call to artists Sandra Dunn and Mark Resmer. The work is comprised of five over-sized, birdhouse-like structures. These structures will be placed throughout the wooded area of the park. Two of the five pieces will be located along the paved walkway to ensure that the pieces are accessible. These small and colourful structures will take on the look of dollhouses. The pieces will be suggestive of wooden block constructions and will echo the shapes of homes in the surrounding neighbourhood.


The giant birdhouses bridge the architecture of the neighbourhood and the natural life that exists in pockets of urban greenspaces. The artists describe the birdhouses as “an expression of community caretaking - we feed birds, we count birds, we invite them into our urban backyards. We can’t train them, they come and go with the seasons and they wake us up before the sun rises.”

We plan to install these beautiful pieces in the summer/fall of 2021.


This project is part of our 2019-2022 strategic plan, specifically: Healthy community and resilient neighbourhoods. To learn more about our strategic plan, visit waterloo.ca/strategicplan.


Guest Book

What do you think is the most important consideration for Alexandra Park. Please explain why?
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Would like to see a pergolas and some seating to attract neighbours to gather.
Include plant provide different color during different seasons.

Sharon Xu almost 2 years ago

The sketchy building on the west side of the south part of the park needs to come down. Inevitably, you're going to have families running into awkward situations that will discourage use of the park. Do something transformative instead a small incremental change that wastes an opportunity to create a social space in Uptown west. The more space and amenities (e.g. programming!) available at that park, the more you'll see families using the business in the area.

JT almost 2 years ago

I think it is important to maintain the park's attractiveness to young children since they seem to be the biggest users of the park. The current playground is great. Beyond that, a natural play area, wading pool, and/or half basketball court would be a nice addition.

Owen almost 2 years ago

Programming on evenings/weekends would be a game changer. So would something different than the other local parks have to offer. Mary Allen, Waterloo Park and Argyle Park are all within a close distance and all have basically the same playground.

Uptown B almost 2 years ago

We love going to this park with our 2 year old. What we enjoy about it is that it is age appropriate for him. Some of the other parks have equipment that is dangerous for his age. We specifically like the lower equipment, minimal gaping areas of the play structure, and variety of slides, steps, swings, etc. We also like that the play areas are far enough away from the street that it is safe and seems like it's own oasis when you are there. We love this park and are excited to see what the additions will be!

mmorrison almost 2 years ago

Programming! I would prefer programming on the weekend over any form of playground equipment.

JT almost 2 years ago