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Funding approved for Waterloo Park improvements

Among the changes are a new splash pad, new directional signage and modifications to two entranceways
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Trail in Waterloo Park
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Get a good look at Waterloo Park, there’s a few changes on the way in the next couple years.

Waterloo city council has officially allocated funding over $530,000 from the 2019 budget to help pay for design and construction work for a few key projects.

That’s to go along with reserve funding to cover off everything to the tune of close to $800,000.

First off, the city is looking to redesign the look around Silver Lake and Laurel Creek to reduce erosion, improve wildlife habitats and address sediment that has collected over time.

And in that same effort, Waterloo’s Ward 7 councillor Tenille Bonoguore says they will decommission Lions Lagoon, a "dilapidated" splash pad at the end of the 2019 season.

But that won't mean an end to a nearby pad, as $462,000 of the funding will pay for designing and constructing a smaller splash pad closer to the skate park near Father David Bauer Drive.

Bonoguore says they would like to get the design process up and running, along with public consultations, to get everything up and running by spring 2020.

As for the new signage, the plan is to have design work done and have the first phase roll out by the end of the year.

"There’s not always enough of it and it doesn't all look the same," Bonoguore says, "The signs that you see on the central promenade, the new bike trails that runs through the park, you'll see more of that kind of signage throughout Waterloo Park."

And some cash is available to use to have public consultations when it comes to developing two entranceways to the park.

One of those is just east of the Laurier-Waterloo Park LRT station along Seagram Drive.

The other being near the Visitor and Heritage Information Centre at the Erb and Caroline Street intersection.

The city is seeking public input on improvements to Waterloo Park.  You can have your say HERE: https://www.engagewr.ca/waterloo-park-improvements




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