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. Prospect Park
  2. Uniroyal Goodrich Park
  3. Elmsdale Park
  4. Upper Canada Park skatepark
  5. RBJ Schlegel Park
  6. Sportsfield improvements
  7. Neighbourhood parks
  8. Trail improvements
  9. Mapping our trails
  10. Pedestrian bridge work

Prospect Park

The City of Kitchener is 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 want to know what kind of experiences residents want to have when they visit the park. Visit Engage Kitchener from May 3 to May 31, 2021 to provide input that will help shape the space. 

It is anticipated that following engagement in spring 2021, detailed design and tender work will take place in 2022 and construction will be in 2023.

Expected completion: 2023

Uniroyal Goodrich Park

Uniroyal-Goodrich is a popular neighbourhood park in the north of the City, located next to the Spur Line Trail and fronting on Guelph Street west of Weber Street. Improvement works include enhanced trails and planting, a new sand play area and play features and landscape works. Work is planned over two phases; phase one was started in 2020 but not completed due to delays relating from COVID-19. Phase one will be completed in 2021 and it is anticipated that Phase two will be started and completed in 2021.

Expected completion: late summer 2021

Elmsdale Park

Elmsdale Park is a large neighbourhood park located in the Chandler Mowat community on Elmsdale Drive. The park was identified for improvement in 2016, but site challenges delayed the work for a number of years. Significant landscape work is underway, and the new park will include new play areas, enhanced landscaping and trails and new planting. Work started in 2020 but has been delayed due to COVID-19.

Expected completion: early summer 2021

Upper Canada Park skatepark

Upper Canada Park at the corner of Homer Watson and Pioneer Drive has seen significant improvements over recent years with new baseball diamonds, trails and basketball court. Following user and community engagement from 2016 to 2018, a design for skatepark was developed and will be being built this spring and summer. Work is expected to start on-site in May. 

Expected completion: late summer 2021

RBJ Schlegel Park

One of Kitchener’s newest parks, RBJ Schlegel was opened to the public in 2020 after many years of planning and construction. Phase 2 of the park works will see the former Cober Farmhouse 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. Design and engagement is ongoing, with construction scheduled to start in spring. Existing amenities will be open during construction of Phase 2.

Expected completion: by the end of 2021

Sportsfield improvements

We used a one-time funding opportunity under the Federal Gas Tax program to make sportsfields improvements in 2020. Here’s what we did:

  • Woodside Park – critical artificial turf repair and new parking lot entry
  • Breithaupt Park – new bleacher pads, covered dugouts, built-in bleacher seating and complete site trail access
  • Wilson Park – new covered dugouts on Diamonds #1 and #2
  • Peter Hallman Ballyard – new outfield fencing
  • Bridgeport Sportsfields – new players benches and safety fencing
  • 15 new aluminum bleachers
  • 5 new portable soccer goal sets

Neighbourhood parks

In spring and summer 2021 we'll be asking for your views on how you use the following parks:

  • Alpine Park
  • Shoemaker Park
  • Westwood Park
  • Vanier Park (and Traynor and Wilson Parks as well)
  • Brubacher Park

Your views will help inform and shape rehabilitated, updated and modernized parks in these areas. Through the summer and fall, your ideas will help shape detailed designs for these parks which we expect to see constructed in 2022.

Future improvements

Later in 2021, we will start looking for community feedback on the following parks that are scheduled for park redevelopment in 2022/23:

  • Idlewood Park
  • Fergus Park
  • Oaten Park
  • Kinzie Park

These parks are all located close to one another and form an important network of neighbourhood parks. We want to learn how the community uses these parks and what makes each space special. Engagement is planned for 2021 and 2022, with construction anticipated in 2023.

Trail improvements

We're making trail enhancements and improvements in 2021, guided by the Cycling and Trails Master Plan. We expect to complete these trail projects in 2021:

  • Wilson Avenue to Traynor Avenue and Courtland: This well used gravel trail running alongside the LRT tracks will be upgraded to an asphalt surfaced Multi Use Trail corridor. Work is anticipated to be completed in summer, 2021, and finished before the end of the year.
  • Iron Horse Trail: Following several years of investments, the finishing touches are being added to the Iron Horse Trail this summer. New benches and bike racks are being added and new signage along the route through Kitchener will help people to navigate the trail.
  • 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 start in summer 2021 with much work completed before the end of the year. A final section is expected to be paved in 2022 alongside other work in the park with the route completed in late 2022. The section through Vanier Park to connect to Courtland will be completed alongside Park Improvements in Vanier Park.
  • 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 summer 2021 and completed before the end of the year.

Mapping our trails

We're working to compile high quality video and images along our trail network to add to Google Streetview in 2021! Watch out for our ‘digital trike’ as we hit the trails to capture these images in summer 2021.

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 2021:

  • Victoria Park Bridge: The bridge on the trail between the Pavillion and Julbilee Parking area is being replaced. The new bridge will be similar in style to the new bridge between the Island and Roland Street.
  • Vanier Park Bridge: The bridge crossing the Montomery Creek off Courtland Avenue leading into Vanier Park will be replaced in 2021 in advance of future park and trail improvements.
  • Rothsay Bridge: The bridge on the trail between Rothsay and Victoria will be replaced in 2021.
  • Lynn Valley Park Bridges: Scheduled work on replacing and removing bridges in Lynn Valley Park will occur in later 2021.