Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Waterloo Park Gets to Recognize #Canada150 with New Park Projects Thanks to #TDCommonGround

This post is sponsored by TD and the TD Common Ground Project

We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes this is a sponsored post, but this just means we're able to tell you about all the great things happening at Waterloo Park!

When it comes to one of the best family friendly places in the City of Waterloo, Waterloo Park needs to be at the top of your list. With playgrounds, sports fields, picnic shelters, a splash park and a small animal zoo, Waterloo Park is a hub of activity in the area.  When I was young I remember Waterloo Park just for the animals and the wading pool, but as the years went by Waterloo Park evolved to meet the needs of the community.  The pool became the very cool LIONS LAGOON, an annual Christmas Light display called Wonders of Winter came to be and every summer they now have outdoor movies in Waterloo Park. The fact Waterloo Park changes with the times might be why it is still a favourite spot for citizens of the area to gather at. 

Waterloo Park Projects for 2017

Being that this year is Canada’s 150th Birthday, TD with Waterloo Park is recognizing the milestone by unveiling a new project that they are working on in the community. Thanks to funding from #TDCommonGround this  project in Waterloo Park will make getting through the park much more accessible, safer and eventful for everyone. I spoke with the City of Waterloo about these projects and here is what I learned.

Since the LRT construction is happening near the Waterloo Park entrance located along the Laurel/Trans Canada Trail, the walking and biking trail along this section has been disrupted and as you can see by my pictures below it is getting difficult to distinguish which routes are for vehicles and which are for pedestrians.  

Since the trail is part of both the Trans Canada Trail and Laurel Trail systems it is used by many people daily and safety is becoming a concern.  To create easier and safer access, the bridge will be twinned with a separate route for cyclists. Other park improvements includea new pedestrian entranceway on the Central St. side as well as a new meeting place.These changes will make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists which in turn will bring more people back to the park.  Once these projects are completed there are plans to hold more events in Waterloo Park. These events will take place in the Twin Bridge area by Silver Lake.  Possible events may include Farmers’ Markets, Musical Acts, Art Festivals and more! I can’t wait to see what all the changes look like once they are complete!
 To see how this project develops head to http://www.waterloo.ca/en/gettingactive/waterloopark.asp
To learn about the other projects TD has teamed up with visit http://commongroundproject.td.com

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Do you think the Waterloo Park is going to be an even better than it already is? Leave a comment with your thoughts and/or memories of this fantastic shared space!

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