Council approves new shade structures and water feature

On April 25, 2022 Council approved the Waterloo Public Square Improvements report (IPPW 2022-021, report begins on page 55 of the Council packet). This included the detailed design of the Waterloo Public Square Water Feature, as well as both moveable and permanent shade structures.

Plans showing the proposed water feature location in front of Beertown, moveable shade elements to be placed throughout the main square, and permanent shade structures to be placed on the ledges and steps in front of Shoppers Drug Mart.

The water feature was part of the public square's original design approved in 2007, but omitted from construction due to budget constraints and the unknown impacts of the coming ION construction at the square. Crystal Fountains Inc. was retained in 2020 to complete the detailed architectural design of the water feature, and WalterFedy Inc. was retained in 2021 to complete the detailed structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering design. The tender for the water feature will be released shortly.

Moveable shade elements should be installed in the spring of 2023, and the permanent shade structures are in detailed design, with a tender to be released shortly for construction in spring 2023.

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