Laurel Greenway Feasibility Study

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The City of Waterloo, along with our landscape architect consultant, SHIFT Landscape Architecture are conducting a feasibility study for the Laurel Greenway.

The focus of this project is to develop concepts for improving four key areas of Waterloo:

  • Improving the experience along the Laurel Greenway
  • Exploring a shade structure for Waterloo Public Square
  • Exploring a water feature in Waterloo Public Square
  • Creating a more vibrant and welcoming experience on Willis Way between Caroline and Regina Streets

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.


The process:

The study will begin by developing problem and opportunity statements which will direct the work throughout the project. Following that initial phase, we will develop concepts for the key areas of the study: Laurel Greenway, shade structure and water 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 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, a strategy is being developed that will allow for the greatest outreach possible while abiding by public health protocols to maintain the safety of participants. Dates will be set in the coming weeks for public information centres and the community will be advised of those dates in several ways including email, sign postings and social media.


The City of Waterloo, along with our landscape architect consultant, SHIFT Landscape Architecture are conducting a feasibility study for the Laurel Greenway.

The focus of this project is to develop concepts for improving four key areas of Waterloo:

  • Improving the experience along the Laurel Greenway
  • Exploring a shade structure for Waterloo Public Square
  • Exploring a water feature in Waterloo Public Square
  • Creating a more vibrant and welcoming experience on Willis Way between Caroline and Regina Streets

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.


The process:

The study will begin by developing problem and opportunity statements which will direct the work throughout the project. Following that initial phase, we will develop concepts for the key areas of the study: Laurel Greenway, shade structure and water 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 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, a strategy is being developed that will allow for the greatest outreach possible while abiding by public health protocols to maintain the safety of participants. Dates will be set in the coming weeks for public information centres and the community will be advised of those dates in several ways including email, sign postings and social media.


If you have questions about the Laurel Greenway Feasibility Study, please post them here and we'll respond as quickly as possible.

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