- 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.
Total hectares of parkland and green space that is publicly accessible and owned, leased, or under a management agreement by the municipality. This number should capture all parks and green spaces that are perceived/used by residents similarly to parkland.
Specifically, it should include:
- Actively managed parkland
- Natural parkland/areas
- Other municipally owned, managed, or leased open spaces that are used as public green space
- Golf courses
- School yards, if owned/maintained by the municipality
- Active (open) cemeteries
- Sports stadia
- Parking lots
- Institutional and other publicly owned green space
- Other parks/green spaces that are not owned, managed or leased by the municipality (e.g. privately owned public spaces)
946 ha total
A natural area is a green space which receives a relatively low level of maintenance and supports natural or naturalizing vegetation. Natural areas may be publicly accessible (e.g. via trail networks) or areas with limited/little public access.
Natural areas may include:
- trails or walkways
- environmentally sensitive/protected areas
- stormwater ponds/water bodies located within natural areas
- parking lots
- actively managed parkland
530 ha total
Total hectares of parkland that is actively maintained by the municipality for community use. These parks often contain built and natural amenities such as: park furniture, planted trees/beds, sports fields, playgrounds, and mown grass.
- plazas and “grey” spaces used for public recreation, when maintained by the parks department
- small ponds/water bodies located within actively managed park spaces
- natural areas
- hazard lands
- school yards
- active (open) cemeteries
- golf courses
- sports stadia
- parking lots
416 ha total
6,400 ha of total city area
Total hectares of parks and publicly accessible green spaces that are owned and maintained as parkland by public entities other than the municipality, such as:
- The federal government
- The province
- A regional government
- Conservation authorities
- School board lands
- Privately owned public spaces
Includes both standalone dog parks and off-leash dog areas within parks.
Community gardens/urban farms are food-growing gardens available for the public to use that may require membership. This includes community orchards.
A playground refers to an area with purpose-built children’s playground equipment present, and may have just one single item of equipment or several items located together.
Total number of permanent public washrooms in parks that are open year-round or seasonally. Excludes portable toilets.
0 winterized public washrooms
Neighbourhood parks: 1 ha / 1000 General parkland: 5ha / 1000 people
Capital expenditure for all capital items related to land improvement works completed during the 2021 financial year.
- Both new and renewal work
- Capital items carried forward from previous years
- Salaries and wages for all staff involved in the design, planning and delivery of capital projects.
Includes only volunteers who have worked directly with the municipality (not external organizations). Programming refers to publicly accessible activities and events (e.g., yoga classes, nature walks, park cleanups, farmer's markets, festivals, celebrations, etc.). Programming does not include any large commercial activities, such as a private party.
250 total park volunteers