Kitchener-Waterloo

Waterloo Park splash pad to be demolished this fall

Waterloo needs to replace Lions Lagoon splash pad. City councillors have approved the first part of funding for design work and public consultation.

City's only splash pad has 'exceeded its useful lifespan,' staff say

Waterloo Park is going to get a new splash pad for 2020, city staff say. The city's only splash pad, Lions Lagoon, will be decommissioned at the end of this summer. (John Rieti/CBC)

The Lions Lagoon splash pad in Waterloo Park has "exceeded its useful lifespan" and needs to be demolished, City of Waterloo staff say.

On Monday night, city council voted in favour of $772,000 in funding for the lake frontage reconstruction project. The project will replace the city's only splash pad and will also do restoration work in and along Silver Lake, which includes dredging the lake. The entire project will cost $3.1 million.

Lions Lagoon, which was built in the early 1990s near Silver Lake, will be open this summer until Labour Day, but then demolished at the end of the season.

The city's plan does indicate new splash pad facilities will be needed in 2020.

Staff will now move ahead with public consultation about a new splash pad, which would likely go in the western part of the park off Father David Bauer Drive.

Funding for the project is coming from the city's parkland dedication reserve fund. 

Coun. Tenille Bonoguore represents Ward 7 which includes Waterloo Park and said the splash pad is very old, but the overall project is looking to naturalize Silver Lake in that area.

"Part of Waterloo Park's master plan is to ... open up the area that's currently housing Lions [Lagoon] to make more of a year-round, all-ages space," she said.

"I think having a new splash pad quite close to the sand play area and on Father David Bauer Drive should be great. It's across the road from a whole lot of parking at the rec complex so, for people who want to drive into the park, it's a bit easier to find."

Staff are expected to report back to council by summer on the project.

Lions Lagoon, the red marker on this map, is located near Silver Lake. The lagoon will close in September, 2019 and be demolished. The city's plan currently is to build a new splash pad off Father David Bauer Drive. (Google Maps)

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