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.



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