Waterloo seeks public input on improvements to Laurel Greenway

The City of Waterloo is soliciting public feedback on ways to enhance the linear park space and trail that weave through uptown Waterloo from Weber Street to Waterloo Park.

First round of public engagement runs until Jan. 29.  

The Laurel Greenway looking east from Waterloo Park. (

People in Waterloo are being asked to provide their thoughts on possible improvements to the Laurel Greenway.

The city is soliciting public feedback on ways to enhance the park space and trail that weave through uptown Waterloo from Weber Street to Waterloo Park.

The city is working with consultants Shift Landscape Architecture on the project, according to a news release issued by the city on Wednesday.

It's focusing on the entire Laurel Greenway, including possible improvements to the trail, wayfinding, active transportation and connections between spaces throughout it.

It also includes exploring a shade structure for the Waterloo Public Square to support activities year-round and creating a more vibrant and welcoming experience on Willis Way between Caroline and Regina streets.

The public engagement process is taking place entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first round runs until Jan. 29. 

The project team will use the input to develop preliminary concepts and share design options with the community this summer. After that, the team will finish the feasibility study and present it to council in September. 

Waterloo council approved the feasibility study and associated budget in 2019 as part of the uptown public realm strategy, which aims to enhance public space in the uptown by looking at the spaces between buildings – including parks, open spaces, streets and other corridors. 

Detailed information on the project is posted on Engage Waterloo.


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