Connecting the Wilson, Vanier and Traynor Park Network

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The City of Kitchener is currently exploring opportunities to enhance Wilson, Vanier and Traynor Parks. Although they are three separate spaces, together they form a park network, all within a short walk from one another. The intent of the project is to maximize the connection between the parks and provide access to a variety of amenities over the entire network to support community needs. Consultants from SHIFT Landscape Architecture have been engaged to lead the redevelopment process for these parks including conceptual design, final design, and taking the project through construction.

Wilson Park work will focus on the creation of a new amenity space and will also be coordinated with restoration work planned for Montgomery Creek. The scope of the creek improvements includes the naturalization of the channel with a more meandering layout with the addition of native plantings. The creek improvements are in part funded by the Government of Canada.

At Vanier Park, work will involve a comprehensive plan to upgrade a variety of park elements while exploring new features for the space. The existing community garden will remain.

Upgrades to Traynor Park are generally minor, with a focus on connecting this space to the other two parks in the network.

During the summer of 2021, the project team engaged with the community in a number of ways to understand how the Wilson-Vanier-Traynor Park Network is currently used as well as how the parks can better support the community. A summary of the engagement can be found here. Based on this initial input, preliminary conceptual designs have been developed for each park in the network.

These preliminary concepts and concept ideas are shown below as a starting point for discussion; the final design will change and respond to what we hear from you.

We are now reviewing the feedback you shared through the ideas board, survey and November 24 live forum. We will share the final design on this page once it is ready. More information can also be found through the links on this page, including timelines for next steps, additional documents, and a summary of engagement input.

Wilson Park

In coordination with the restoration work on Montgomery Creek, a new amenity space is planned that will provide both an opportunity for gathering with others and connection to the creek (map below). Some highlights of the potential elements that may be included in the space can be found here. We want to hear what types of features you would prefer to use in the park.

There are two preliminary concepts shown below for Vanier Park. These are a starting point for discussion; the final design may be a combination of elements from both concepts, or may become a new concept altogether. Please share your input and any thoughts you have about the concepts.

The concept for Traynor Park focuses on minor improvements to the space to improve function and to better connect it to Wilson and Vanier parks. The concept includes new signage and an improved space near the playground and trail.

Stormwater management

We’re also improving resilience against climate change by incorporating stormwater management at the park.

Stormwater management will allow the area to better collect stormwater runoff caused by events such as heavy rainfall and snow melt. This will help to reduce the risk of flooding and ensure safety of the community.

This initiative is made possible by the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) in partnership with the Government of Canada. For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/Stormwater

The City of Kitchener has partnered with Reep Green Solutions to help you make changes to your landscape that will beautify your yard and reduce runoff to Montgomery Creek. When we work together to slow rain down and soak it up in our parks and in our yards, we can improve the health of our local waterways and reduce community flood risk. To learn more and to see if you qualify for a free, on-site consultation with a landscape designer, visit Reep's Rain Smart Neighbourhoods.



The City of Kitchener is currently exploring opportunities to enhance Wilson, Vanier and Traynor Parks. Although they are three separate spaces, together they form a park network, all within a short walk from one another. The intent of the project is to maximize the connection between the parks and provide access to a variety of amenities over the entire network to support community needs. Consultants from SHIFT Landscape Architecture have been engaged to lead the redevelopment process for these parks including conceptual design, final design, and taking the project through construction.

Wilson Park work will focus on the creation of a new amenity space and will also be coordinated with restoration work planned for Montgomery Creek. The scope of the creek improvements includes the naturalization of the channel with a more meandering layout with the addition of native plantings. The creek improvements are in part funded by the Government of Canada.

At Vanier Park, work will involve a comprehensive plan to upgrade a variety of park elements while exploring new features for the space. The existing community garden will remain.

Upgrades to Traynor Park are generally minor, with a focus on connecting this space to the other two parks in the network.

During the summer of 2021, the project team engaged with the community in a number of ways to understand how the Wilson-Vanier-Traynor Park Network is currently used as well as how the parks can better support the community. A summary of the engagement can be found here. Based on this initial input, preliminary conceptual designs have been developed for each park in the network.

These preliminary concepts and concept ideas are shown below as a starting point for discussion; the final design will change and respond to what we hear from you.

We are now reviewing the feedback you shared through the ideas board, survey and November 24 live forum. We will share the final design on this page once it is ready. More information can also be found through the links on this page, including timelines for next steps, additional documents, and a summary of engagement input.

Wilson Park

In coordination with the restoration work on Montgomery Creek, a new amenity space is planned that will provide both an opportunity for gathering with others and connection to the creek (map below). Some highlights of the potential elements that may be included in the space can be found here. We want to hear what types of features you would prefer to use in the park.

There are two preliminary concepts shown below for Vanier Park. These are a starting point for discussion; the final design may be a combination of elements from both concepts, or may become a new concept altogether. Please share your input and any thoughts you have about the concepts.

The concept for Traynor Park focuses on minor improvements to the space to improve function and to better connect it to Wilson and Vanier parks. The concept includes new signage and an improved space near the playground and trail.

Stormwater management

We’re also improving resilience against climate change by incorporating stormwater management at the park.

Stormwater management will allow the area to better collect stormwater runoff caused by events such as heavy rainfall and snow melt. This will help to reduce the risk of flooding and ensure safety of the community.

This initiative is made possible by the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) in partnership with the Government of Canada. For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/Stormwater

The City of Kitchener has partnered with Reep Green Solutions to help you make changes to your landscape that will beautify your yard and reduce runoff to Montgomery Creek. When we work together to slow rain down and soak it up in our parks and in our yards, we can improve the health of our local waterways and reduce community flood risk. To learn more and to see if you qualify for a free, on-site consultation with a landscape designer, visit Reep's Rain Smart Neighbourhoods.



  • Now available: information session recording

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    Did you miss our virtual information session about the design for Wilson, Vanier and Traynor Parks? A recording of the presentation is now available. Watch the video at: Connecting the Wilson, Vanier and Traynor Park Network (November 24, 2021)

  • Update on the Wilson, Vanier and Traynor Park Network

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    Thank you once again for your interest in the Wilson, Vanier, and Traynor Park network. The project team is working on the final designs and will share them on Engage soon.

    As part of the park improvement process, we need to complete geotechnical investigation work to inform the construction. This work was delayed earlier this year.

    The impact of this delay on the construction timeline for Vanier and Traynor parks is significant, but we will keep you updated as the project unfolds. The Wilson Park amenity space next to the creek will still be built this year as part of the creek work.

    Please subscribe for updates to this page by using the 'Stay Informed' button.

    If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Roy, Landscape Architect, rebecca.roy@kitchener.ca, 519-741-2600 x 4151

  • April 20, 2022 Construction in Vanier Park

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    On Wednesday, April 20, 2022 there will be construction equipment in Vanier Park, including a small drill rig. We need to drill a few boreholes to look at the soil profile to help inform the construction details. This is a routine part of the design process and is required before we can start work on the park. Work will begin in the morning.

    Unfortunately, access to some park features may be affected at points during the day. The equipment will also make noise while in use. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Rebecca Roy, Landscape Architect, at rebecca.roy@kitchener.ca, or 519-741-2600 x 4151.

  • Previous page content (Summer 2021)

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    We have updated the home page for the project. If you are looking for information that was up here previously, you can find it below:

    The City of Kitchener is currently looking at ways to enhance Wilson, Vanier and Traynor Parks. Although they are three separate spaces, together they form a park network, all within a short walk of one another. The intent of the project is to maximize the connection between the parks and provide access to a variety of amenities over the entire network to support community needs.

    Wilson Park work will focus on minor upgrades and will also be coordinated with restoration work planned for Montgomery Creek and a proposed upgrade to a gas line running through the park. The scope of the creek improvements includes the naturalization of the channel with a more meandering layout and the addition of native planting.

    At Vanier Park, work will involve a comprehensive plan to upgrade a variety of the park elements and explore new features for the space. There is an existing community garden that will remain. The gas line from Wilson continues into Vanier, and this work will need to be coordinated, along with the new pedestrian bridge over the creek.

    Upgrades to Traynor Park are generally expected to be minor, with a focus on connecting this space to the other two.

    With this combination of park projects, there are a number of opportunities to add features to serve the entire area. These may include new play features, sports areas, accessibility upgrades, and better connections to the creek.

    Right now, the project team hopes to highlight the existing parks and gain some understanding from you – the community – about them. Below and in the links to the right, please find an existing conditions plan of the parks along with some recent site photographs for your reference. We also encourage you to fill out the “Ideas” board below with your thoughts or ideas for the park space.

    Have a question? We know people are tired of virtual meetings but are perhaps not yet comfortable with in person events, so we're doing this consultation a different way. From August 9 to 13 we will host an online forum right here on this page. The project team will be closely monitoring this forum during business hours that week, answering your questions in real time. Visit this page anytime that week to ask questions, make comments and learn more about the Wilson, Vanier, Traynor project.

    The City of Kitchener has partnered with Reep Green Solutions to help you make changes to your landscape that will beautify your yard and reduce runoff to Montgomery Creek. When we work together to slow rain down and soak it up in our parks and in our yards, we can improve the health of our local waterways and reduce community flood risk. To learn more and to see if you qualify for a free, on-site consultation with a landscape designer, visit Reep's Rain Smart Neighbourhoods.


    Stormwater management

    We’re also improving resilience against climate change by incorporating stormwater management at the park.

    Stormwater management will allow the area to better collect stormwater runoff caused by events such as heavy rainfall and snow melt. This will help to reduce the risk of flooding and ensure safety of the community.

    This initiative is made possible by the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) in partnership with the Government of Canada. For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/Stormwater

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