Shape your park network: Kinzie Oaten and Idlewood

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We are taking a new approach to upgrading or improving neighbourhood parks and playgrounds. This approach looks at clusters of neighbourhood parks that are close to one another and considers them as part of a ‘parks network’. Instead of upgrading one park at a time, we will make changes across the whole network. This way, we can better serve the community by building a variety of features across the greater neighbourhood.

In the next two years we plan to upgrade the park network across Centreville Chicopee and Stanley Park neighbourhoods. We will also connect the park network upgrades with those happening at Centreville Chicopee Community Centre.

Kinzie Park, Oaten Park and Idlewood Park are part of this park network. Maps of each of the parks in this network can be found in the Photos section.

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We are taking a new approach to upgrading or improving neighbourhood parks and playgrounds. This approach looks at clusters of neighbourhood parks that are close to one another and considers them as part of a ‘parks network’. Instead of upgrading one park at a time, we will make changes across the whole network. This way, we can better serve the community by building a variety of features across the greater neighbourhood.

In the next two years we plan to upgrade the park network across Centreville Chicopee and Stanley Park neighbourhoods. We will also connect the park network upgrades with those happening at Centreville Chicopee Community Centre.

Kinzie Park, Oaten Park and Idlewood Park are part of this park network. Maps of each of the parks in this network can be found in the Photos section.

Subscribe for updates by adding your email to the Stay Informed box and clicking the 'Subscribe' button.


  • Oaten Park construction progress

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    Construction at Oaten Park continues to progress well over the last few weeks. The water line connection for the community garden was installed. The fencing and gate, along with the water meter and tap, are scheduled to be installed before the end of the year.

    Concrete work around the playground and bench pads was also completed. We are now eagerly awaiting the first delivery of playground equipment.

    We expect that the first course of asphalt trails will be installed this fall. We also expect the remaining finishing course to be completed early in the spring along with the:

    • basketball net
    • additional playground elements
    • tree planting
    • final sod and seeding of the turf

    We look forward to working with our contractor to finish this construction work as quickly as possible so that we can officially turn over the new park space to the community next spring!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our Project Manager - Karen Leasa, Landscape Architect: karen.leasa@kitchener.ca

  • Project Update: Construction to Begin at Oaten Park

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    The construction contract for all three parks within the ward 2 park network (Idlewood, Kinzie, and Oaten Parks) has been awarded to Moser Landscape Group Inc. They are scheduled to mobilize on-site at Oaten Park on Monday, September 11, 2023.

    Construction for Kinzie and Idlewood Park improvements are scheduled to commence in the spring of 2024. Thank you for your patience while we work to bring you these improvements.

    Please Note: Construction fencing will be erected at both frontages of Oaten Park along Rutherford Dr. and Guerin Ave. If you use the park as a school route or for pedestrian access, you will need to find an alternate route during construction this fall.

    We will continue to use this Engage project page and news feed to keep you informed throughout construction. To receive email updates about this project, please go to the ‘Stay Informed’ section of this page and use the ‘Subscribe’ button.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our Project Manager - Karen Leasa, Landscape Architect: karen.leasa@kitchener.ca


  • Project update

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    We are currently working with our consultant to finalize tender documents that will be posted this spring to a pre-qualified list of contractors. Following the award of this contract, we anticipate construction to begin in early summer of 2023 and end by late summer 2024.

    To ensure access to green space throughout this process, we will work closely with the successful contractor to phase construction activities, so that not all three parks are under construction at the same time.

    We will continue to use the project page and the project newsletter to keep you informed throughout construction. To receive email updates about this project, please go to the Stay Informed section of this page and use the ‘Subscribe’ button.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Karen Leasa, landscape architect, at 519-741-2200 x4176 or karen.leasa@kitchener.ca.


  • Video of park designs now available

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    We have just posted a short 6-minute video about the new design for the Kinzie, Oaten, Idlewood park network. Take a look.

    Contents of this video:

    0:00 - Introduction

    0:56 - Project timeline to date

    1:27 - Phase 2 engagement feedback

    2:08 - Project timeline next steps

    2:46 - Park network approach

    3:10 - Common improvements in all parks

    3:34 - Kinzie Park refined concept

    4:15 - Oaten Park refined concept

    5:05 - Idlewood Park refined concept

    5:50 - Project Timeline refresher

    6:05 - Engage Kitchener website

  • Reaching out for final thoughts

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    Earlier this year we asked for your feedback through online surveys and in-person engagement. The first phase of our engagement was focused on how you wanted to feel in these spaces. Later on, in phase two, we looked at what specific amenities were important to you and how you wanted to use these park spaces.

    View the final park designs and a summary of what we heard

    Based on your feedback, we have worked with our consultant to produce three final designs for the Idlewood, Oaten, and Kinzie park network. What we would like to understand now is whether these final designs resonate with you as a park user and local resident. We will then take the next steps towards construction.

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  • Final park designs and open house presentation boards

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    Thank you to everyone who joined us at our open house on December 13, 2022. For those who couldn't attend, the final park designs and the open house presentation boards are below.

    We heard from 545 people overall:

    • 279 respondents completed the “What Would You Like To See” and “Tell us what’s important to you” online surveys
    • 145 residents attended park pop-up events and provided feedback on the conceptual park designs
    • 121 youth ages 11-19 responded to the conceptual designs provided during the Centreville Chicopee after-school program


    Here are some of the types of comments you shared with us:

    • “More basketball”
    • “More play equipment”
    • “Walking path for the elderly”
    • “Wood chip instead of the sand”
    • “Want bigger play space”
    • “Garbage cans increased and a doggie disposal bin at the doggie area.”
    • “Natural, unique play equipment that invokes child imagination”
    • “Seating area, new play equipment”
    • “Pathways, tons of trees, sand, equipment, and an area for dogs is great.”


    Overall, here were the most requested amenities in your parks:

    • Idlewood Park: Off-leash dog park, play structures, and seating
    • Kinzie Park: Seating, climbing elements, and shade
    • Oaten Park: Basketball, play structures, and community garden


    Idlewood Park final design


    Kinzie Park final design


    Oaten Park final design

    Engagement Summary


    Most Requested Amenities in Your Parks


    Timeline (as of Dec. 13, 2022)

  • Open House - Final Park Concepts

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    Staff have been working alongside our consultant to analyze all of the feedback we've heard from the last round of engagement. This included multiple pop-up engagements in the park spaces, as well as resident engagement at the Centreville Chicopee Community Centre, and a second Engage online survey.

    We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all those that took the time to respond to the surveys (a total of 283 responses) and engage with our team over the past year. This data has helped guide us in the development of the final concepts for each of the three neighbourhood park spaces.

    We would now like to share these final concepts with the community and provide residents the opportunity for feedback via. this last round of engagement.
    We will be posting the final concepts online for comment but have also scheduled an in-person Open House so you may view the designs and have an open dialogue:

    What: Open House - Ward 2 Parks Network (Kinzie, Oaten, Idlewood Parks)
    Panels will be displayed and staff / consultant will be available to engage with during this time. No formal presentation.
    When: December 13, 2022; 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Where: Centreville Chicopee Community Centre (141 Morgan Ave, Kitchener)

    Hope to see you there!

  • Survey deadline extended to October 6 – Have your say in Idlewood, Kinzie & Oaten Parks

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    We want to hear from as many residents as possible during our second phase of community consultation, so we have extended the survey deadline to October 6, 2022. Please let other interested people in your neighbourhood know that we have extended the deadline.

    The online survey provides a chance to share your feedback on the preliminary concepts that were suggested for Idlewood, Kinzie, and Oaten Parks.

    Please also see the 'Photos' section on this Engage page for images of all the preliminary concepts, based off of early comments we received during the first round of consultation earlier this year. They will also be included within the survey to respond to directly and provide valuable feedback on what you would like to see in your park space.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Karen Leasa, Project Manager & Landscape Architect, at karen.leasa@kitchener.ca

  • Second consultation open for Idlewood, Kinzie, Oaten park network

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    We are excited to announce our second consultation for the Kinzie, Oaten and Idlewood park network.

    During this consultation, we will present 2-3 concept drawings for each of these parks. These concepts were based off the comments we received during the first consultation earlier this year. Tell us which parts of the concepts you believe will benefit your community the most and which parts you don’t like (and why!).

    Staff members will be in these park spaces to talk about the concepts and take community feedback over the course of August and September. Here are the dates and timing of those park pop-ups:

    • Idlewood Park: Aug. 25, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Kinzie Park: Aug. 26, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Oaten Park: Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Kinzie Park: Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Idlewood Park: Sept. 7, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Oaten Park: Sept. 8, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


    You can also share your feedback until September 30th through our online survey.

    A final concept will be created based on the feedback we receive from the community. This concept will be presented back to the community in late 2022.

    A friendly reminder, these parks are a part of a larger park network. The goal is to have a variety of amenities spread out across Kinzie, Oaten and Idlewood Parks, the Centerville Chicopee Community Center, and in a couple of years, Fergus Green.

    We will not be doing any additional consultation about Fergus Green at this time. We are hoping to receive more parkland through the new developments in the area. This means a (hopefully!) larger parkette. Once we have that additional parkland in place, we will continue our consultations about Fergus Green. Subscribe to this Engage page for future updates.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Sabiha Syed, Parks Engagement Liaison, at sabihas@kitchener.ca.

  • Survey deadline extended to March 14

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    We want to hear from as many residents as possible, so we have extended the survey deadline to March 14, 2022. This will give more people the opportunity to take part in this consultation. Please let other interested people in your neighbourhood know that we have extended the deadline.

Page last updated: 21 Feb 2024, 11:24 AM