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

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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 detailed design is currently in development with construction to take place in 2019 and 2020. 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 sediment forebay to manage future sediment issues. 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. As part of the public consultation process that is now taking place with respect to the future of Silver Lake shoreline, where Lions Lagoon exists, the city is seeking feedback on a proposed replacement water play area on the west side of Waterloo Park. Should Lions Lagoon be decommissioned at the end of 2019 season, the new play area will be in place for use the following season in 2020. 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.

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 detailed design is currently in development with construction to take place in 2019 and 2020. 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 sediment forebay to manage future sediment issues. 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. As part of the public consultation process that is now taking place with respect to the future of Silver Lake shoreline, where Lions Lagoon exists, the city is seeking feedback on a proposed replacement water play area on the west side of Waterloo Park. Should Lions Lagoon be decommissioned at the end of 2019 season, the new play area will be in place for use the following season in 2020. 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.

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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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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