Renaturalizing Shoemaker Greenway Park

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Shoemaker Greenway Park is an existing park located along a portion of Shoemaker Creek. A small play area currently located in the park will be removed during the improvement works for the creek. The creek restoration will include the removal of the existing concrete channel to create a more natural pathway for the stream, and include plantings of native species to naturalize the area. These creek improvements are currently underway, the project is in part funded by the Government of Canada.

Outside of the creek area, there are opportunities for a trail and park elements including educational and interpretive features, a small play area, seating, and shade, among others. The park work will complement the naturalization work in the creek. Consultants from SHIFT Landscape Architecture have been engaged to lead the redevelopment of the park area including conceptual design, final design, and taking the project through to construction completion.

During the summer of 2021, the design team engaged with the community to gather input on how Shoemaker Greenway Park is currently used as well as how the park can continue to support the community. A summary of that engagement can be found here. Based on this initial input, three preliminary conceptual designs have been developed for Shoemaker Greenway Park and are shown below.

These three preliminary concepts are intended to be a starting point for discussion; the final design may be a combination of elements from the concepts or may be a new concept altogether. With the restoration work for the creek, there is an opportunity to reimagine this park as a place to celebrate the watercourse and acknowledge the importance of the creek for the neighbourhood and greater landscape.

Please share your input using the short survey on this page. The design team will also be monitoring the “Ideas” tool, so please share your thoughts, ask questions and make comments to help shape the future of Shoemaker Greenway Park.

Have a question or want more information? On November 30, we will be hosting an online presentation and forum. Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtcuiorzwvGdZ0fgKURYe6cFBlS7sKfp8-. Please note that you must register to reserve your spot. This event will be presented in English with live interpretation available in select languages. Please let us know your preferred language in your registration. We will make every effort to accommodate, however not all languages may be available.

More information can also be found through the links on this page, including timelines for next steps, additional documents, and a summary of engagement input.


Stormwater management

We’re also improving resilience against climate change by incorporating stormwater management at the park.

Stormwater management will allow the area to better collect stormwater runoff caused by events such as heavy rainfall and snow melt. This will help to reduce the risk of flooding and ensure safety of the community.

This initiative is made possible by the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) in partnership with the Government of Canada. For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/Stormwater

The City of Kitchener has partnered with Reep Green Solutions to help you make changes to your landscape that will beautify your yard and reduce runoff to Shoemaker Creek. When we work together to slow rain down and soak it up in our parks and in our yards, we can improve the health of our local waterways and reduce community flood risk. To learn more and to see if you qualify for a free, on-site consultation with a landscape designer, visit Reep's Rain Smart Neighbourhoods.


Shoemaker Greenway Park is an existing park located along a portion of Shoemaker Creek. A small play area currently located in the park will be removed during the improvement works for the creek. The creek restoration will include the removal of the existing concrete channel to create a more natural pathway for the stream, and include plantings of native species to naturalize the area. These creek improvements are currently underway, the project is in part funded by the Government of Canada.

Outside of the creek area, there are opportunities for a trail and park elements including educational and interpretive features, a small play area, seating, and shade, among others. The park work will complement the naturalization work in the creek. Consultants from SHIFT Landscape Architecture have been engaged to lead the redevelopment of the park area including conceptual design, final design, and taking the project through to construction completion.

During the summer of 2021, the design team engaged with the community to gather input on how Shoemaker Greenway Park is currently used as well as how the park can continue to support the community. A summary of that engagement can be found here. Based on this initial input, three preliminary conceptual designs have been developed for Shoemaker Greenway Park and are shown below.

These three preliminary concepts are intended to be a starting point for discussion; the final design may be a combination of elements from the concepts or may be a new concept altogether. With the restoration work for the creek, there is an opportunity to reimagine this park as a place to celebrate the watercourse and acknowledge the importance of the creek for the neighbourhood and greater landscape.

Please share your input using the short survey on this page. The design team will also be monitoring the “Ideas” tool, so please share your thoughts, ask questions and make comments to help shape the future of Shoemaker Greenway Park.

Have a question or want more information? On November 30, we will be hosting an online presentation and forum. Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtcuiorzwvGdZ0fgKURYe6cFBlS7sKfp8-. Please note that you must register to reserve your spot. This event will be presented in English with live interpretation available in select languages. Please let us know your preferred language in your registration. We will make every effort to accommodate, however not all languages may be available.

More information can also be found through the links on this page, including timelines for next steps, additional documents, and a summary of engagement input.


Stormwater management

We’re also improving resilience against climate change by incorporating stormwater management at the park.

Stormwater management will allow the area to better collect stormwater runoff caused by events such as heavy rainfall and snow melt. This will help to reduce the risk of flooding and ensure safety of the community.

This initiative is made possible by the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) in partnership with the Government of Canada. For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/Stormwater

The City of Kitchener has partnered with Reep Green Solutions to help you make changes to your landscape that will beautify your yard and reduce runoff to Shoemaker Creek. When we work together to slow rain down and soak it up in our parks and in our yards, we can improve the health of our local waterways and reduce community flood risk. To learn more and to see if you qualify for a free, on-site consultation with a landscape designer, visit Reep's Rain Smart Neighbourhoods.


Page last updated: 22 November 2021, 15:02