Exploring shade structure options for Waterloo Public Square

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The City of Waterloo, along with a consultant team led by SHIFT Landscape Architecture, are conducting a feasibility study for the Laurel Greenway. As part of this study, opportunities for bringing a shade feature/structure to the Waterloo Public Square is being explored.

The entire Laurel Greenway Feasibility Study will focus on three key areas, and each of these has its own Engage Waterloo project page. Please visit the pages related to your interests to see information and engage with the projects:

  • Exploring a shade structure for Waterloo Public Square, supporting activities in all four seasons. (You’re already here – this page focuses on the public square)
  • Creating a more vibrant and welcoming experience on Willis Way between Caroline and Regina Streets.
  • Improving the experience along the entire Laurel Greenway, focusing on the trail, wayfinding, active transportation, and connections between spaces throughout.

Where is the Laurel Greenway?

We encourage you to watch our video that provides a high-level introduction to the Laurel Greenway and the spaces within it, outlining the project components and focus.

Shade structure alternatives for Waterloo Public Square:

To help support multi-season use, especially in the summer when the sun in the square is very intense, this study will explore alternatives for introducing shade into the square. This may include a structure, series of structures, trees, or a combination of several features. This is an imperative for maximizing function and supporting healthy public space for uptown. The feature will aim to support and enhance current uses of the square, including winter skating, festivals, public gatherings and other events.

The public square is directly connected to the Laurel Greenway and Trail, and clearly connecting the two spaces will be part of the overall Greenway work.

Please review the documents in our document library to learn more about some of the initial problems and opportunities that are being identified for consideration for the public square.


Photo of Waterloo Public SquareThe feasibility study process:

The study has begun by developing problem and opportunity statements which will continue to direct the work throughout the project. Following this initial phase, the team will develop concepts for the key areas of the study: Laurel Greenway, a shade feature in Waterloo Public Square, and the creation of a more vibrant and welcoming experience along Willis Way. Final concepts and costing will be presented to council for approval before construction can begin.

Public consultation and comments:

The community will have several opportunities to provide feedback on the concepts and ideas developed for all of the key areas of the study. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, this strategy will focus on online engagement through this Engage Waterloo page and using tools that will allow for the greatest outreach possible while abiding by public health protocols.

The City of Waterloo, along with a consultant team led by SHIFT Landscape Architecture, are conducting a feasibility study for the Laurel Greenway. As part of this study, opportunities for bringing a shade feature/structure to the Waterloo Public Square is being explored.

The entire Laurel Greenway Feasibility Study will focus on three key areas, and each of these has its own Engage Waterloo project page. Please visit the pages related to your interests to see information and engage with the projects:

  • Exploring a shade structure for Waterloo Public Square, supporting activities in all four seasons. (You’re already here – this page focuses on the public square)
  • Creating a more vibrant and welcoming experience on Willis Way between Caroline and Regina Streets.
  • Improving the experience along the entire Laurel Greenway, focusing on the trail, wayfinding, active transportation, and connections between spaces throughout.

Where is the Laurel Greenway?

We encourage you to watch our video that provides a high-level introduction to the Laurel Greenway and the spaces within it, outlining the project components and focus.

Shade structure alternatives for Waterloo Public Square:

To help support multi-season use, especially in the summer when the sun in the square is very intense, this study will explore alternatives for introducing shade into the square. This may include a structure, series of structures, trees, or a combination of several features. This is an imperative for maximizing function and supporting healthy public space for uptown. The feature will aim to support and enhance current uses of the square, including winter skating, festivals, public gatherings and other events.

The public square is directly connected to the Laurel Greenway and Trail, and clearly connecting the two spaces will be part of the overall Greenway work.

Please review the documents in our document library to learn more about some of the initial problems and opportunities that are being identified for consideration for the public square.


Photo of Waterloo Public SquareThe feasibility study process:

The study has begun by developing problem and opportunity statements which will continue to direct the work throughout the project. Following this initial phase, the team will develop concepts for the key areas of the study: Laurel Greenway, a shade feature in Waterloo Public Square, and the creation of a more vibrant and welcoming experience along Willis Way. Final concepts and costing will be presented to council for approval before construction can begin.

Public consultation and comments:

The community will have several opportunities to provide feedback on the concepts and ideas developed for all of the key areas of the study. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, this strategy will focus on online engagement through this Engage Waterloo page and using tools that will allow for the greatest outreach possible while abiding by public health protocols.

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