Improving the Laurel Greenway experience

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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. Moving through several phases, the ultimate goal of this study is the development of potential concept designs for key areas within the greenway.

The 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 and move between all the following links to see information and engage with the projects:

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

The video below provides a high-level introduction to the Laurel Greenway and spaces within it, outlining the project components and focus areas and tasks. At this stage of the project, the intent is to showcase the existing site and identify problems and opportunities along the Greenway with input from the public .



The study boundaries are approximately from Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, through uptown Waterloo and the public square and northeast to Weber Street.

Here is a map of the study boundary.

Map of the Laurel Greenway study boundary

The Laurel Greenway:

The greenway is a linear park space and trail that weaves through uptown Waterloo, running from Weber Street in the east into Waterloo Park in the west. For this project, the study boundaries are approximately defined from Weber Street, southwest through uptown Waterloo and the public square, and west to the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Father David Bauer Drive.

Within this area, there are a variety of spaces that can be improved to create a more connected and integrated experience along the greenway related to the Laurel Trail. Given its significance through uptown and into surrounding neighbourhoods, the greenway can become a space with a clear identity.

Please review the documents in our document library to learn about the history of the Laurel Greenway and Laurel Creek, and to understand some of the initial problems and opportunities that are being identified for the project.

Aerial photo of the Laurel Greenway at Regina Street The 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 and public feedback on the work to date, the design team will develop concepts for the key areas of the study: Laurel Greenway, a shade feature in the 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 detailed design for specific areas and features 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. Comments provided between Sept. 1 and Dec. 22, 2020 have been archived and saved in the document library.


The City of Waterloo, along with a consultant team led by SHIFT Landscape Architecture, are conducting a feasibility study for the Laurel Greenway. Moving through several phases, the ultimate goal of this study is the development of potential concept designs for key areas within the greenway.

The 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 and move between all the following links to see information and engage with the projects:

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

The video below provides a high-level introduction to the Laurel Greenway and spaces within it, outlining the project components and focus areas and tasks. At this stage of the project, the intent is to showcase the existing site and identify problems and opportunities along the Greenway with input from the public .



The study boundaries are approximately from Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, through uptown Waterloo and the public square and northeast to Weber Street.

Here is a map of the study boundary.

Map of the Laurel Greenway study boundary

The Laurel Greenway:

The greenway is a linear park space and trail that weaves through uptown Waterloo, running from Weber Street in the east into Waterloo Park in the west. For this project, the study boundaries are approximately defined from Weber Street, southwest through uptown Waterloo and the public square, and west to the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Father David Bauer Drive.

Within this area, there are a variety of spaces that can be improved to create a more connected and integrated experience along the greenway related to the Laurel Trail. Given its significance through uptown and into surrounding neighbourhoods, the greenway can become a space with a clear identity.

Please review the documents in our document library to learn about the history of the Laurel Greenway and Laurel Creek, and to understand some of the initial problems and opportunities that are being identified for the project.

Aerial photo of the Laurel Greenway at Regina Street The 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 and public feedback on the work to date, the design team will develop concepts for the key areas of the study: Laurel Greenway, a shade feature in the 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 detailed design for specific areas and features 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. Comments provided between Sept. 1 and Dec. 22, 2020 have been archived and saved in the document library.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey asks a few questions about the existing Laurel Greenway and about your personal experiences with it. It should only take about 3-5 minutes to complete.

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