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.



  • The Montgomery Creek reconstruction will protect this part of Montgomery Creek from erosion and the impacts of climate change. Fish will be able to live out their whole life cycle in the healthier waters of this creek. And the 700 native trees and 4000 native shrubs we replant will help create habitat for pollinators, amphibians, reptiles, and other species.

    Yet, many trees needed to be cut down to rebuild the creek because they would not have survived the construction. We have heard from many Wilson Park neighbours how much you miss these trees, and especially the large willow that many called the Great Willow.

    Some of you asked us if we could find a way to include a piece of the Great Willow in the new seating area beside the creek.  We would like to get your feedback on some ways this piece can be included in the new seating space.  

    From the three options below, please use the poll to choose the one you like best.  You can also share your idea for re-using a piece of the Great Willow in the seating area.  We have added some pictures as examples of what this might look like, but note that it may look a little different at Wilson Park. 

    This survey closes August 8, 2022 at 11:59p.m.


    1. Nurse log

    In a forest, a nurse log is a fallen tree that provides a habitat for reptiles and insects, and a home for new forest seedlings.  As it decays over several years, a nurse log offers moisture and nutrients, creating rich soil.  A nurse log could be included in a planting bed as a temporary element that is allowed to decay, eventually decomposing completely and returning to the land.


    2. Log bench

    A log bench, created out of the Great Willow, could be included as a place to sit and experience Montgomery Creek.  This bench would eventually decompose after several years and would be removed or relocated when it is no longer safe for use.  When it is removed, it will not be replaced.


    3. Log steppers or stools

    A piece of the Great Willow can be cut into smaller segments and used as steppers or stools in the gardens or seating area. These steppers or stools would decompose after several years and would be removed or relocated if they become unsafe.  When they are removed, they will not be replaced. 


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