Parkland strategy

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Project Background

The City of Waterloo has prepared a parkland strategy to help guide decisions for our growing inventory of parks for the next 10 to 15 years. The strategy recommends updates to policies, capital works and operations.

The city’s 134 parks include neighbourhood, community, urban, cultural and sports parks as well as natural areas. This impressive amount of parkland is a significant part of our city's assets and is highly valued by the community. The infrastructure in these parks is beginning to age and requires upgrades. As well, trends are changing what service delivery in parks looks like particularly in response to population growth and changing demographics, climate change, intensification and redevelopment and new trends in leisure.

The strategy is a first for Waterloo and builds on existing plans and policies (the City of Waterloo 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan, Official Plan, Recreation and Leisure Master Plan 2008, Outdoor Sports Field Strategy 2012, Action Sports Strategy 2013, and the Neighbourhood Strategy 2018).

The goals for the parkland strategy include:

  • Ensuring equitable and inclusive access to parks
  • Ensuring parks and their associated facilities feel welcoming to Indigenous communities
  • Connecting people to natural areas
  • Providing amenities and programs that support activities throughout the seasons
  • Ensuring a safe environment for users
  • Providing for future adaptation to change, including climate change resiliency.
  • Ensuring effective communication, engagement, and ease of access to information about natural systems, parks, recreation services and amenities.

A financial plan that meets the priorities set out in the parkland strategy will follow the approval of the plan.

Next steps

Thank you for reading the draft strategy and providing feedback in the survey below. We are now compiling the feedback so we can make appropriate changes to the draft strategy and submit a final report to council for approval. We anticipate this will take place by the end of 2021.

Project Background

The City of Waterloo has prepared a parkland strategy to help guide decisions for our growing inventory of parks for the next 10 to 15 years. The strategy recommends updates to policies, capital works and operations.

The city’s 134 parks include neighbourhood, community, urban, cultural and sports parks as well as natural areas. This impressive amount of parkland is a significant part of our city's assets and is highly valued by the community. The infrastructure in these parks is beginning to age and requires upgrades. As well, trends are changing what service delivery in parks looks like particularly in response to population growth and changing demographics, climate change, intensification and redevelopment and new trends in leisure.

The strategy is a first for Waterloo and builds on existing plans and policies (the City of Waterloo 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan, Official Plan, Recreation and Leisure Master Plan 2008, Outdoor Sports Field Strategy 2012, Action Sports Strategy 2013, and the Neighbourhood Strategy 2018).

The goals for the parkland strategy include:

  • Ensuring equitable and inclusive access to parks
  • Ensuring parks and their associated facilities feel welcoming to Indigenous communities
  • Connecting people to natural areas
  • Providing amenities and programs that support activities throughout the seasons
  • Ensuring a safe environment for users
  • Providing for future adaptation to change, including climate change resiliency.
  • Ensuring effective communication, engagement, and ease of access to information about natural systems, parks, recreation services and amenities.

A financial plan that meets the priorities set out in the parkland strategy will follow the approval of the plan.

Next steps

Thank you for reading the draft strategy and providing feedback in the survey below. We are now compiling the feedback so we can make appropriate changes to the draft strategy and submit a final report to council for approval. We anticipate this will take place by the end of 2021.

Questions

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Page last updated: 27 October 2021, 13:49