Waterloo will be the site of several large-scale construction projects in 2022. Among them is the opening of the East Side Branch Library, the renovation and expansion of the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, and significant improvements to Silver Lake and Waterloo Park.
Carnegie Library Repurposing
A tenant will be announced in the first half of 2022. Renovations to the interior will begin later this year, with completion expected in 2023.
Renovations to the building will include:
- Installing an elevator
- Demolition of interior walls
- Creating an open concept space that will allow for future growth
Leash-free dog park
As a result of this project being deferred from 2021, capital funding has been allocated to construct one leash-free dog park in the west end of the city. The exact location has yet to be determined. Design work and construction are expected to begin in 2022.
Neighborhood parks in Northdale
A park will be built at the intersection of Hickory Street West and Hemlock Street and Hickory Street West and Sunview Street in the Northdale area. Design and public engagement phases have been completed, and tendering is scheduled for January 2022, with construction beginning later that year.
Waterloo Public Square Upgrades
A detailed design is being developed for the shade structures and water features at the Waterloo Public Square. Shade structures will be installed in 2022, and the water feature in early 2023, following detailed design.
Ball Diamond Upgrades
In 2022, Waterloo Park ball diamonds 3 and 4 and the Bechtel Park diamond will undergo major renovations.
Waterloo Park will see reorientated diamonds, which will include:
- 230-foot outfields
- Separate outfield fencing
- Nighttime lighting
The Bechtel diamond will feature:
- Renovations of stadium buildings that are currently closed
- Demolition and renovation of the seating area and field
- Redesigned dugouts, protective netting, and new scoreboards
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