Parkland strategy

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Project update

Thank you for reviewing the draft parkland strategy and providing us with your thoughts. Based on your feedback, along with input from Council, committees and agencies, we made a number of changes. The proposed final document will be brought to Council on June 27 for approval. After approval, we will undertake the implementation of the plan.

Read the proposed final strategy and the associated staff report to Council (begins on page 71). The staff report highlights the significant changes that were done to the strategy.

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.

Project update

Thank you for reviewing the draft parkland strategy and providing us with your thoughts. Based on your feedback, along with input from Council, committees and agencies, we made a number of changes. The proposed final document will be brought to Council on June 27 for approval. After approval, we will undertake the implementation of the plan.

Read the proposed final strategy and the associated staff report to Council (begins on page 71). The staff report highlights the significant changes that were done to the strategy.

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.

Questions

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    Just had a question about the areas being developed into parks on the intersections of hickory and sunview, and hickory and hemlock respectively. What are the timelines of construction on the two parks? Thanks, Arlen

    Arlen Major asked 3 months ago

    Hi Arlen, we expect the construction of these parks to be done in Spring 2023. 

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