Waterloo Park improvements (Silver Lake, new water play area)

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Construction updates

Laurel Creek and Silver Lake construction is underway

Laurel Creek and Silver Lake rehabilitation construction is underway. This work includes:

  • Laurel Creek: rehabilitation along the creek in Waterloo Park from Westmount Road to the LRT track at the promenade (Laurel Trail)
  • Silver Lake: dredging of the lake and removal of accumulated sediment, reconfiguration of the shoreline, demolition of Lions Lagoon

Construction will carry through the remainder of 2020. We do not anticipate any interruptions to trail connections/usage, however please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for construction updates.


Waterloo Park

  • Improvements and upgrades to Waterloo Park as identified above will begin later this year.


Waterloo Park West Splash Pad

  • We expect the new water play area on the west side of Waterloo Park to open August 1, 2020.


Project background

Silver Lake improvements

In 2018, a Class Environmental Assessment Study was completed on Waterloo Park - Silver Lake and Laurel Creek to determine the preferred rehabilitation option. The environmental assessment recommended improvements to Laurel Creek upstream of Silver Lake and improvements to Silver Lake. A portion of Waterloo Park is also being reconstructed as part of the overall project.

Channel improvements along Laurel Creek from the LRT tracks to University Avenue will be done to improve fish habitat, terrestrial ecology, the vegetative community and to reduce erosion. Silver Lake improvements will include removal of the accumulated sediment, reconfiguration of the shoreline and construction of a new upstream lake cell. Waterloo Park improvements will include new walkways, lighting, amenities, features of interest and improved pedestrian circulation. For more information, view the presentation boards used at the March 6, 2019 public information centre.

View the final detailed design of Silver Lake, Laurel Creek and Waterloo Park

The project team invited the public to view and comment on the drawings being presented as part of the detailed design of the project on Sept. 26, 2019. Landscape plans were also presented at this information centre. This was the second public information centre for this project. This map shows the extent and location of the work being illustrated in the detailed design phase:

Lions Lagoon and Waterloo Park west - water play area

The city installed Lions Lagoon in the early 1990s in Waterloo Park east. Constructed over a former outdoor swimming pool that required repair, it is the only splash pad facility that exists in Waterloo at present. Over the years, Lions Lagoon has undergone numerous repairs to maintain functionality. However, the useful life cycle of this facility has been reached. A new splash pad is currently being built on the west side of Waterloo Park. For more information, view the Waterloo Park west splash pad project overview.

View the proposed design for a new water play area on the west side of Waterloo Park

The project team invited the public to view and comment on proposed design concepts for a new water play area on the west side of the park located along Father David Bauer Drive. The proposed design includes a new water play area, washroom facilities, multiple shade structures and seating. This public information centre was held in conjunction with the information centre taking place to share the final design for Silver Lake and the surrounding area on Sept. 26.


Construction updates

Laurel Creek and Silver Lake construction is underway

Laurel Creek and Silver Lake rehabilitation construction is underway. This work includes:

  • Laurel Creek: rehabilitation along the creek in Waterloo Park from Westmount Road to the LRT track at the promenade (Laurel Trail)
  • Silver Lake: dredging of the lake and removal of accumulated sediment, reconfiguration of the shoreline, demolition of Lions Lagoon

Construction will carry through the remainder of 2020. We do not anticipate any interruptions to trail connections/usage, however please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for construction updates.


Waterloo Park

  • Improvements and upgrades to Waterloo Park as identified above will begin later this year.


Waterloo Park West Splash Pad

  • We expect the new water play area on the west side of Waterloo Park to open August 1, 2020.


Project background

Silver Lake improvements

In 2018, a Class Environmental Assessment Study was completed on Waterloo Park - Silver Lake and Laurel Creek to determine the preferred rehabilitation option. The environmental assessment recommended improvements to Laurel Creek upstream of Silver Lake and improvements to Silver Lake. A portion of Waterloo Park is also being reconstructed as part of the overall project.

Channel improvements along Laurel Creek from the LRT tracks to University Avenue will be done to improve fish habitat, terrestrial ecology, the vegetative community and to reduce erosion. Silver Lake improvements will include removal of the accumulated sediment, reconfiguration of the shoreline and construction of a new upstream lake cell. Waterloo Park improvements will include new walkways, lighting, amenities, features of interest and improved pedestrian circulation. For more information, view the presentation boards used at the March 6, 2019 public information centre.

View the final detailed design of Silver Lake, Laurel Creek and Waterloo Park

The project team invited the public to view and comment on the drawings being presented as part of the detailed design of the project on Sept. 26, 2019. Landscape plans were also presented at this information centre. This was the second public information centre for this project. This map shows the extent and location of the work being illustrated in the detailed design phase:

Lions Lagoon and Waterloo Park west - water play area

The city installed Lions Lagoon in the early 1990s in Waterloo Park east. Constructed over a former outdoor swimming pool that required repair, it is the only splash pad facility that exists in Waterloo at present. Over the years, Lions Lagoon has undergone numerous repairs to maintain functionality. However, the useful life cycle of this facility has been reached. A new splash pad is currently being built on the west side of Waterloo Park. For more information, view the Waterloo Park west splash pad project overview.

View the proposed design for a new water play area on the west side of Waterloo Park

The project team invited the public to view and comment on proposed design concepts for a new water play area on the west side of the park located along Father David Bauer Drive. The proposed design includes a new water play area, washroom facilities, multiple shade structures and seating. This public information centre was held in conjunction with the information centre taking place to share the final design for Silver Lake and the surrounding area on Sept. 26.


Guest Book

While this project is in the construction phase, we still welcome your thoughts about the upgrades happening to Waterloo Park’s Silver Lake.

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Placing the splashpad next to the skate park is terrible. 100% somebody will take a bike or skateboard through the splashpad and hit somebody. These are kids, they're not the most forward thinking people...nor should they be expected to be. Just use the existing splash pad area at Waterloo park. This is dumb.

Jcromer about 1 year ago

Exciting to see as we overlook the park.We, and many in these apartments, have limited walking ability so would appreciate More benches or tables along each path.Rowena Martin

Row about 1 year ago

I feel that a new Victorian Style Bandshell is more important for the West Side of the Park

sharon woodley about 1 year ago

The proposed plan does not really reflect the master plan developed in 2009. Most obvious is that the parking is remaining generally where it is and not being relocated closer to Young St. Is the master plan no longer being followed?

Adam over 1 year ago

I would like to see a structure for music performances. A full bandshell would be best (like the Seagram Bandshell that was there years ago), but since the space is limited, something suitable for solo to quintet performers seems appropriate. It would need to provide shelter from rain, sun and wind, so a roof and 3 walls are needed. A sloped roof and angled walls would also direct the sound towards an audience area, and thereby be effective acoustically. Music in the park has been an important part of Waterloo's history and efforts should be made to continue this tradition.

David Hunsberger over 1 year ago

Keep parking areas along the perimeter of the park. Removal of all interior roads creates a space for people.

Mark over 1 year ago

Great design! Please make sure to extend the sidewalk at the end of Young Street into the park, this is a highly needed and utilized route from Uptown into the Park (currently full of mud and trampled grass). Park Inn has so much more potential than just a seasonal fast food stand. It could become an all season "heart" of the park where you could stop and get a warm drink in the winter or just relax and sit on the patio in the summer. Selling alcohol is important (beer in summer, mulled wine in winter) and would make it more economically sustainable and active. Make sure all the renovated areas are well illuminated with decorative, modern lamp posts (no more fake historic please). The Grist Mill could be reimagined as an active use (makers space, coffee shop, art studio, etc) and increase its profile. Improve open space interaction with Perimeter Institute and Clay and Glass Gallery.

diegoag over 1 year ago

Ths is an exciting project and I am looking forward to the transformation over the next couple of years. I would like to echo a few of Krista's comments. I am not sure about the beach, worried about the ducks/geese messing it up. More options for secure waste diposal would help keep park clean. Lots of dogs are being walked, compostable container options would be great.Hopefully no more parking lot areas get added to the park and pedestrian, cycling and public transist options are the preferred and encouraged options for access.

Nathan Bender over 1 year ago

Pleased with the plaza design, however, we're concerned about the beach. Although we like the concept, the reality of Silver Lake is that there is an abundant population of ducks and geese. A barrier-free, graded entry at Silver Lake Beach would quickly become Guano Beach.We'd love to see better accommodations for waste disposal, recycling and compost sorting in this area as well. Open containers (like the barrels used throughout Waterloo Park) are easily accessed by critters. I actually don't think people litter as much as the state of the park would indicate... it's the squirrels hauling out waste that's been placed in open bins.We echo Laura and Ian's comments regarding parking. It seems that there are ample paved surfaces at UW (Seagram/University lots). The peak parking hours for UW (M-F, with higher usage in the fall and winter terms) seem to fall perfectly off-peak from when Waterloo Park would maximize use (weekends, summer term). Is there some way to increase access and amenities to that side of Waterloo Park to continue to emphasize use for families?

Krista over 1 year ago

We are happy to hear about the upgrades to Silver Lake. Can we not utilize this lake even more? Once the sediment is gone and the shoreline is re-constructed, can we not encourage people with canoes and perhaps paddle boats? How about a skating rink in the winter? Wouldn't it be nice for this area to bring the city together where families can have fun?

Heather Motz over 1 year ago

The FAKE grist mill is so disappointing! If someone were to be given the opportunity to operate it, and sell whole wheat flour to the park visitors, perhaps on weekends during the summer, the City would be advocating healthy eating in a visible way.We just returned from Florida -- some of the businesses are providing free shuttle service for their patrons to and from the parking lots and resorts. They use "stretch" electric golf carts and the tips are sufficient to pay the operators. Waterloo Park could have a similar arrangement covering a circular route that connects the UW parking lots, the Granite Club lot, and the Father David Bauer lots. These vehicles can hold 6 people and their gear, and are licensed for public roads.There is a great need for more picnic tables -- we shouldn't need to fight for a place to have family fun!

Karl, since 1943 over 1 year ago

Hello,Our home backs on to Waterloo Park between Young and Spring. I hope that the overall plan to clean up Silver Lake is a sustainable one. I like the ideas of promoting more pedestrian traffic.Although there are many pedestrians generated by the Universities most foot traffic, there are a lot of visitors to the park that need to drive. Clearly there is a lack of parking. What are the ideas about that? Please ensure any additional parking is not placed near residential properties or site lines. Having said that, maybe other activity based features could be added to the unused fields behind Albert St where the now no car road is? I just want to be sure parking lots never go in that space. We are away and cannot make it to the meeting.

Laura & Ian Dagg over 1 year ago