Parks are an important part of a healthy and connected community and the City of Kitchener is asking residents how we can make them better. Residents can have their say on several park development and improvement projects.  

“The pandemic brought more people than ever out to visit our parks to connect with nature and safely spend both active and passive time with family and friends,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. 

“Now, more than ever, we know these investments are a priority for our residents, and we want to make sure our parks continue to meet the needs of all Kitchener citizens as our community grows.” 

“As ward councillors, we regularly hear from our residents who are looking for everything from upgrades to play structures to the need for new green spaces in areas where residential growth is occurring,” added Ward 7 Councillor and Community Services Committee Chair, Bil Ioannidis. “These investments are important not only for today, but also for our city’s future as we ensure Kitchener develop as a great place to live, work and play.” 

The parks team will be engaging with residents both online and safely in person this summer. Choose the method that's best for you: 

  • Engage Kitchener online surveys – using our online Engage platform, users will be able to take part by completing a survey online, sharing their feedback on how they use the park space currently and wish to use it in the future.  
  • In-person pop-ups (subject to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols) – physically distanced on-site pop-ups will happen during the month of August. These sessions will be 2-3 hours in length and provide an opportunity for small groups engage with parks staff to share feedback.  
  • Live online forums – these are a new form of engagement and are a replacement to the traditional public information sessions. They will be closely monitored by staff during select time periods and questions will be answered within 24 hours.  

“We know how important parks and open spaces are and we want to hear from you on how we can help shape these parks to meet your diverse needs,” said Niall Lobley, Director, Parks and Cemeteries. “Whether you’re a runner, a pet owner, a parent, or simply looking for a shady spot to meet with friends, we want to hear from everyone on the use of local park spaces.” 

To take part in our current park engagements and view our in-person pop-ups and live online forum dates, visit 


For more information: 

Shawn Falcao,  
Manager, Corporate Communications 
City of Kitchener  

Niall Lobley,  
Director, Parks and Cemeteries 
City of Kitchener