We’ve switched to biennial data gathering for the city profiles — The data available here was collected in early 2022 and originally published in last year’s Canadian City Parks Report.
City Profile
Population: 121,436
  • Waterloo has the highest number of park washrooms relative to population size, or five times the average, at nearly 72 washrooms per 100,000 people.
  • Waterloo is above average for percentage of parkland that is natural area at 56%
  • Waterloo is one of 63% of cities that has an accessibility strategy that includes parks.
  • The city is improving east-west connections in the beloved Waterloo Park through the Waterloo Park Circuit. The city requested feedback from the public on what materials the walkway should be made of, how to accommodate different user groups, and ways to provide other activities in the parking lot.
  • Trail Mix, a rotating initiative available in several Waterloo parks and trails, allows park goers to discover hidden QR codes along natural trails. When scanned, the codes play songs from local musicians, providing a soundtrack to their stroll.
  • The city has a group of volunteers, known as the Pollinator Working Group, which works to educate youth and adults at community events on the role of native pollinators, as well as the city’s designation as a Bee City since 2018.
of total city land is parkland

6,400 ha of total city area

Parkland provision goal (distance to park / ha per 1000 people)

Neighbourhood parks: 1 ha / 1000 General parkland: 5ha / 1000 people

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