Every year, we update our parks, trails and natural areas. We’re also building new parks for you to enjoy. Subscribe to this page to get updates on our park projects.

On this page:

  1. Neighbourhood park upgrades
  2. Places and Spaces
  3. Uniroyal Goodrich Park
  4. Fenwick Green
  5. RBJ Schlegel Park
  6. Prospect Park
  7. Trail improvements
  8. Mapping our trails
  9. Pedestrian bridge work
  10. Tell us what you think

Neighbourhood park upgrades

Lots of working is happening in our neighbourhood parks! In 2022, following engagement and consultation in 2020 and 2021, upgrades are being completed at Westwood Park, Brubacher Park and in Wilson Park. Park improvements at Vanier Park, Traynor, and Alpine Parks will be completed in 2023. We are actively seeking feedback on Kinzie, Idlewood and Oaten Parks just now and hope to undertake enhancements in these spaces in late 2023 based on this feedback.

Find details about these projects on Engage Kitchener.

Westwood Park timelapse

Brubacher Green timelapse

Places and Spaces

Staff are continuing to refresh the parks strategic plan through the development of Places and Spaces.

The first part (Spaces) was approved by Council on August 22, 2022, along with an updated park dedication bylaw.

Engagement continues for Places which will go to city council in early 2024 for approval. Learn more on how to get involved, and the current topic of engagement, at Engage Kitchener.

Uniroyal Goodrich Park

We're upgrading Uniroyal Goodrich Park to meet accessibility standards, replace aging park infrastructure and address operational constraints. Our goal is to create park spaces that reflect the current standards and needs of their communities. This work started in 2019.

The current scope of work includes: 

  • finishing the play area and installing play equipment to bring the design of the play area in line with current safety and accessibility standards, and operational needs
  • adding seating, picnic tables and a waste bin

Expected completion: spring 2023

Fenwick Green

We're working on upgrading Fenwick Green, including:

  • addressing existing drainage issues surrounding and within the existing play area
  • adding new play amenities to bring the design of the play area in line with current accessibility standards, and operational needs
  • adding a seating area and accessible picnic table

Expected completion: spring 2023

RBJ Schlegel Park

One of Kitchener’s newest parks, RBJ Schlegel opened to the public in 2020 after many years of planning and construction.

Phase 2 of the park works will see the former Farmhouse residence restored and re-purposed as a three-season washroom and change facility and a wide range of court amenities (basketball, pickleball and tennis) constructed. In addition, a maintenance building will be built on site. Construction continues on site with expected openings for the 2023 season. Existing amenities will be open during construction of Phase 2. 

Expected completion: washroom opening spring 2022, remaining amenities in Phase 2 in summer 2022

Prospect Park

We're excited to add new park amenities and stormwater management at Prospect Park that meet the recreational needs of visitors and improve sustainability of the park. We expect that detailed design and tender work will take place in 2022 through 2023 and construction will be in 2024.

Expected completion: 2024

Trail improvements

We're making trail enhancements and improvements in 2022, guided by the Cycling and Trails Master Plan. We expect to complete these trail projects in 2022:

  • Vanier to Kingsway: The gravel trail running from Vanier through Wilson Park to Kingsway will be upgraded to an asphalt Multi Use Trail. Work is anticipated to be completed in 2022.
  • Fisher Hallman to Lawrence Avenue: The gravel trail running through the Henry Sturm Creek and through Filsinger Park will be upgraded to asphalt Multi Use Trail. Work is expected to late spring 2022 and completed before the end of the year.
  • Rolling Meadows: Trail improvements are being undertaken in 2022 to trails through Rolling Meadows and Timberland Parks. Estimated completion: late summer 2022
  • Erinbrook: Additional trail improvements are taking place in Erinbrook Park, completing connections around Glencairn school. Estimated completion: fall 2022

Mapping our trails

We're working to compile high quality video and images along our trail network to add to Google Streetview! Watch out for our ‘digital trike’ as we hit the trails to capture these images in summer 2022.

Pedestrian bridge work

There are more than 70 pedestrian bridges in Kitchener connecting communities through our parks and trails. We're working to renew or replaces these bridges in 2022:

  • Lynn Valley Park bridges: Scheduled work on replacing and removing bridges in Lynn Valley Park will happen in 2022.
  • Montgomery Creek pedestrian bridge: work is scheduled to be done with the creek rehabilitation happening in summer 2022.

Tell us what you think

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