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.

Do you live in these neighbourhoods? Do you use these parks? We want to hear from you! Please share your comments and feedback on this page. There will also be opportunities to contribute in-person when COVID regulations allow.

There will be at least three opportunities to help shape the future of these parks. Subscribe for updates by clicking the 'Subscribe' button.



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.

Do you live in these neighbourhoods? Do you use these parks? We want to hear from you! Please share your comments and feedback on this page. There will also be opportunities to contribute in-person when COVID regulations allow.

There will be at least three opportunities to help shape the future of these parks. Subscribe for updates by clicking the 'Subscribe' button.


  • 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.

  • City of Kitchener looking for feedback on a parks network in Idlewood area

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    The playgrounds and spaces of Idlewood, Kinzie, and Oaten parks have been identified as needing revitalization. The City of Kitchener has also recently acquired Fergus Green - a public green space located at 120 Fergus Ave. Together, these four locations will be looked at as a network of collaborative spaces in the Park Network Improvements (Ward 2) engagement process.

    Through public engagement and stakeholder consultation, the City of Kitchener will group these parks together into a ‘network’ so that focus is not on simply replacing playgrounds or equipment, but instead to consider the users of the space and how the spaces might better serve the community as a whole, providing unique amenities for each.

    An online survey is open now until February 28 through Engage Kitchener, while in-person opportunities are anticipated to be scheduled in the spring, if COVID restrictions allow. For more information and to complete the current survey, visit EngageWR.ca/Ward2ParkNetwork.

    In addition to the engagement for Park Network Improvements (Ward 2), the City of Kitchener is also inviting residents to take part in updating the parks and open spaces strategy through phase 2 of Places and Spaces.

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