Help design two new public parkettes in Northdale!

The Northdale neighbourhood is located between Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, in an area bounded by University Avenue West, Phillip Street, Columbia Street West and King Street North. In 2012, the city developed a Northdale land use and community improvement plan study. The goal of the this study is to revitalize the area into a vibrant and sustainable neighbourhood. With this in mind, the city is now in the early stages of designing and building two new smaller park spaces -- parkettes-- in the Northdale neighbourhood.

Sunview Parkette, located at Sunview Street and Hickory

The Northdale neighbourhood is located between Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, in an area bounded by University Avenue West, Phillip Street, Columbia Street West and King Street North. In 2012, the city developed a Northdale land use and community improvement plan study. The goal of the this study is to revitalize the area into a vibrant and sustainable neighbourhood. With this in mind, the city is now in the early stages of designing and building two new smaller park spaces -- parkettes-- in the Northdale neighbourhood.

Sunview Parkette, located at Sunview Street and Hickory Street West, and Hemlock Parkette, located at Hemlock Street West and Hickory Street West are the locations of two new public spaces. The intent is for these spaces to have an elevated urban design feel and allow for a variety of passive activities such as informal gathering, potential for small event programming, work and study space, and open green space. The space should integrate recommendations from previous plans and studies for the Northdale area and should reflect the city's reputation as a centre for innovation and inventiveness. Most importantly, these small park spaces, known as parkettes, are to be inviting, safe and reflective of the community needs and priorities.

Please take a few moments to tell us what you think is an important priority for these new parkettes. Complete the survey below, share your comments on what you think an urban park should be and/or share an idea regarding an important consideration for these Northdale parkettes.

Please consider potential items such as:

  • Activities – Work and/or study, outdoor dining, gathering space, areas for reflection, walking, exercise, open lawn areas, specific activities such as volleyball, basketball, games, children’s play, and water cooling (mist stations).
  • Amenities - Shade structures, shade trees, exercise units, playground, benches/seating, tables, game tables, informal seating, lawn, plaza areas, bike racks, dog waste bins, waste receptacles, lighting for night use, and sport amenities (nets, baskets).
  • Visual Displays - Public art, water fountain, interactive water feature, sculpture, light sculptures, decorative lighting, digitally projected art, structure such as arches, and shade structures.
  • Environmental Stewardship - Tree and shrub plantings for cooling, urban agriculture, permeable paving, rain gardens, storm water storage pond/swales, and naturalized meadow areas.
  • Technology - Public WiFi, USB charging port, digital community information billboard, interactive digital way-finding maps, and solar power.