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

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Waterloo Park

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.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The city's splash pad facility, Lions Lagoon, located in Waterloo Park has exceeded its useful lifespan. Through the public consultation that is currently underway with respect to the future of the Silver Lake shoreline where Lions Lagoon exists, the city is seeking feedback on a new proposed water play area on the west side of Waterloo Park. Your input is important and will be considered as the project is initiated in the spring of 2019.

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