RBJ Schlegel Park

Suburbs

This exciting project is underway! Kitchener's southwest district is among the fastest growing communities in Waterloo Region. The community and our partners played an important role in developing this fantastic park, which features leisure and recreational facilities & services, and opportunities for the southwest Kitchener community to use the park and open spaces actively.

Guided by the Leisure Facilities Master Plan update (2013) and the South Kitchener District Park Master Plan (2013), and following an extensive community consultation that included focus groups and interviews, a public meeting and an online survey, the outdoor park will be constructed in three phases, between 2017-2025. The first phase is in progress.

An indoor recreational complex is also planned; however, the timing of its construction has not been confirmed. Two remaining park phases will complete the park, followed by a future indoor facility building stage. 

The park is slated to open in 2019. Take a look at the overall plan and phasing plan for the park.

Construction Updates

2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The RBJ Schlegel Park playground design survey is now available on Engage Kitchener. Staff have put together three new designs to consider - help us choose your new playground!

The playground will be built alongside the proposed splashpad to create an inclusive and exciting recreational space at the new park.

As spring approaches, here is what we are looking to complete during summer construction:

  • Granular base and concrete curbs for all roads and artificial turf fields
  • Installation of all site lighting including sportsfield lights
  • Installation of all site fencing and backstops
  • Construction of playground base, curbs and splashpad concrete
  • Place topsoil and begin seeding natural turf fields (multi-use and cricket)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The majority of site servicing is now complete, including water and stormwater infrastructure and the site is now graded. Work on the 9,000 sq.m. stormwater pond has begun with the placement of over 25,000 tonnes of drainage stone. Staff are finalizing the details of three playground design options which will be posted on Engage Kitchener for public input in late March. 

On March 6, the existing former heritage home moved to its new location that will function as a public washroom facility. 

Check out the gallery below to see pictures of the house on the move!

2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

The city has awarded Phase 1 of the outdoor park to Gateman Milloy Inc. Construction of Phase 1 will begin in July 2018 and targetted completion by September 2019. See below information on what is included in Phase 1 of RBJ Schlegel Park's development.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The initial site grading work of Phase 1 has been completed. The park has been pre-graded and prepared for upcoming work that will include the construction of all park amenities, sportsfields, roadways, parking lots, lighting and site servicing. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The city has reached its' first multi-million dollar sponsorship, and one of the largest municipal sponsorships in the Region's history. South Kitchener District Park will be renamed to RBJ Schlegel Park (or Schlegel Park). The announcement was made at the State of City Address by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic with the Schlegel family in attendance. Check out the video revealed at the address!

 

Outdoor Park - Phase 1

Phase 1 of the outdoor park is anticipated to open in 2019. This will include:

  • Sports fields, including two artificial-turf, well-lit soccer fields, a natural-turf field, a cricket pitch and a multi-purpose field suitable for ultimate Frisbee and other activities;
  • Children's playground and splash play facilities;
  • Some multi-use pathways linked to district-wide trails (more will be constructed in phases two and three);
  • Green infrastructure to treat stormwater management, such as rain gardens, bioswales and infiltration galleries;
  • Vehicle transportation and parking.

Outdoor park (Phases 2 and 3 of development)

  • Active play courts
  • Washrooms

Feedback: Playground and splash pad

Thank you for sharing with us what you'd like to see for the playground, splashpad and public art amenities at RBJ Schlegel Park. Here's what we heard:

  • You told us you're excited about this park because it will offer so many opportunities to be active for the neighbourhoods that are close to it.
  • You love that it will have something for everyone, and lots for families to do together at the park.
  • You gave us lots of great ideas for what you'd like to see for these amenities.
  • We have used your feedback, along with other criteria, to develop play area and splashpad designs which were then posted for final feedback. The results are in and the final designs will be shared soon.

Indoor Recreation Facility

Consultation and planning for an indoor recreational facility is part of the future planning process. When complete, the facility is expected to offer:

  • A community pool;
  • Meeting and multi-purpose rooms;
  • A running/walking track;
  • A full-size artificial turf soccer field;
  • Up to two community ice pads
Photo Gallery: Schlegel Park will appear here on the public site.

The work at RBJ Schlegel Park is funded in part by Infrastructure Canada through the Gas Tax Fund.

For more information on RBJ Schlegel Park, contact Mark Parris at 519-741-2600, ext. 4397, for information on the outdoor park, or Kim Kugler at 519-741-2600 ext. 7544 for information on the indoor recreational facility.

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