Waterloo Park

Known as the jewel of the city, Waterloo Park has a lake, animal farm, picnic areas, splash pad, sports fields, playgrounds and more. Download the park map.

Visit the City of Waterloo Museum's virtual history exhibit, A Walk in the Park.

On this page

  1. Park location, hours and directions
  2. Amenities, attractions and rentals
  3. Improvement plans and projects
  4. Friends of Waterloo Park volunteer group
  5. O:se Kenhionhata:tie Land Back Camp

Park location, hours and directions

Waterloo Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Free vehicle parking is available at the Westmount Road North and Yonge Street entrances to the park. Follow roads into the park and watch for signage.

There is also free 3-hour street parking along Father David Bauer Drive.

Bike parking racks are available by the splash pad and Park Inn concession on the park's east side, and beside the interactive play area on the west side.

We're testing new ways to keep geese away from Silver Lake's north shoreline. Thanks for your patience as we work towards maintaining a balanced environment.

Amenities, attractions and rentals

Waterloo Park sits on 119 acres in uptown Waterloo. Many areas are available for rent. Learn more about hosting an event at a City of Waterloo park.

There are accessible washrooms on the east and west sides, open daily from May 1 to Thanksgiving Day. The east side washrooms are open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during winter.

Propane BBQs are permitted in rented picnic areas, with the exception of the east gazebos. Charcoal BBQs are not permitted per the city's open air fire bylaw.

There is public wifi service at the baseball diamonds and the skate park.

General amenities

General amenities and attractions include:

  • forests, trails and large green spaces (view city trail map for details)
  • picnic shelters and gazebos
  • Silver Lake and Laurel Creek
  • accessible playground, swings and a splash pad
  • Silver Lake boardwalk
  • fountains, spray jets and beach area along the Silver Lake shoreline
  • farmstead with variety of animals
  • four baseball diamonds and a cricket pitch
  • single net basketball court
  • one rugby field and two soccer fields
  • skatepark
  • Victorian-style gardens
  • Abraham Erb's Grist Mill
  • Park Inn concession stand
  • Waterloo's first schoolhouse
  • Public Art and large harvest-style picnic tables

Splash pad 

Waterloo Park's splash pad is located off Father David Bauer Drive, next to the skate park. Free parking is available on the street or in lots surrounding the park. Admission is free.

The splash pad is open daily from May 31 to Labour Day weekend in September from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Accessible onsite change rooms, washrooms, picnic and shaded areas are nearby. While the splash pad is not available for rent, the nearby picnic areas are able to provide privacy and shade for your event.

Fountains, spray jets and beach area

There are 3 display fountains along the shoreline of Silver Lake, including:

  • a circular fountain at the top of the stairs, with seating all around the edge and large metal letters spelling out Waterloo Park
  • a cascading water fountain leading towards the shoreline, decorated with rocks and pebbles
  • another larger circular fountain at the edge of the shoreline with seating around the edge and misting trees in the middle

Do not enter the fountains or drink the water from them.

The interactive spray jets in front of the misting tree fountain help visitors stay cool from May to September.

Enjoy scenic views of Silver Lake at the sandy beach area under a blue beach umbrella.

Do not fish, swim or throw sand in Silver Lake.

Silver Lake boardwalk

Visitors can walk over the lake and experience Waterloo Park from a different perspective. The city closes the boardwalk during icy conditions.

Eby Farmstead

From June to September, Eby Farmstead is home to a variety of animals, including llamas, alpaca, donkeys and miniature horses. The animals spend the rest of the year in their winter retreat where they will be warm, safe and well cared for. Please do not feed the animals while visiting. Admission is free.


The Skatepark is located off Father David Bauer Drive and offers ramps, stairs and vertical elements. It is not lit and closes at dusk.

Grist Mill

Abraham Erb's Grist Mill is a replica of the first mill built in Waterloo.

The Grist Mill is available for wedding ceremonies from May to October. Please contact Waterloo Park customer service at 519-886-2310 for availability, viewings and booking.

Log school house

Built in 1820 by Pennsylvania German settlers and designated as a heritage site in 2012, the Waterloo Park Log School House is located near the main park parking lot off Young Street. It is the oldest standing school in the Region of Waterloo and the oldest known log house in Ontario.

Park Inn concession stand – closed for the season

The Park Inn concession is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting from June until Labour Day.

It is located near the Young Street parking lot and offers a range of drinks, snacks, ice cream and lunch items such as sandwiches, burgers and fries. Cash, debit and credit are accepted. 

Improvement plans and projects

Created in 2009, the Waterloo Park Plan provides a 20-year vision that identifies new park trends, expands on traditional roles and involves the public through an advisory committee.

Silver Lake will undergo renovation from 2019 to 2021. Improvements may include reconfiguration of the footprint and shoreline, changing depth and sediment management. Learn more on our studies page.

Friends of Waterloo Park volunteer group

This group works with the Waterloo Park Advisory Committee to promote the goals of the Waterloo Park Plan. Their goals include:

  • raising the park's profile
  • supporting development of new programs and events
  • raising funds to accelerate implementation of key features of the plan
  • proposing ways of recognizing donations, initiatives and achievements in the park
  • promoting volunteerism and engaging residents in community building

Catch up with Friends of Waterloo Park on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email them at fowp@waterloo.ca.

Friends of Waterloo Park terms of reference

Our mission

The Friends of Waterloo Park is a volunteer group that works in cooperation with the Waterloo Park advisory committee and the City of Waterloo to fulfill the goals of the Waterloo Park Plan. The Friends of Waterloo Park organize, promote and participate in events in the park and fundraise to enhance and accelerate improvements to Waterloo Park.    

Our goals
  • foster community awareness of and appreciation for Waterloo Park
  • promote and encourage the use of newly implemented features as well as existing park features
  • raise funds for new projects, park enhancements and community activities
  • promote volunteerism to engage residents in barn-raising activities
A brief history

The Friends of Waterloo Park was established in April 2015 as a subcommittee of the Waterloo Park advisory committee of council (WPAC). In 2017, the subcommittee was re-designated as a volunteer group (City of Waterloo committee policy, 2007).


The Friends of Waterloo Park consists of a chair, a finance team, multiple specialty teams each coordinated by a team lead, a WPAC liaison and a City of Waterloo staff liaison. 


The Friends of Waterloo Park meet in the evenings, once or twice a month, and work in the park once or twice each season.

  • when a position vacancy exists, a volunteer recruitment notice will be published on the city website and other sources
  • interested applicants will contact volunteer services with a resume and two references before the deadline
  • volunteer services and the city staff liaison will review all applications, carry out interviews and reference checks and recommend appointments   
Qualifications for Friends of Waterloo Park

The list below outlines the requirements for being a member of the Friends of Waterloo Park. 

  • must be 18 years of age or older
  • have good organizational skills, written and verbal communication
  • show an interest or experience in finance, fundraising, sponsorship, communication, or event and program planning
  • be willing to work cooperatively in partnership with city staff and other Friends and delegates
  • be capable of fulfilling the responsibilities of the position held
  • commit to a minimum of one year is required, subject to review with the city staff liaison at any time
  • attend a minimum of four meetings and four activities over the course of one year

O:se Kenhionhata:tie Land Back Camp

In 2020 members of the Indigenous community gathered in Victoria Park (in Kitchener) and Waterloo Park. Both places are important to local Indigenous history and traditions.

Known as the O:se Kenhionhata:tie Land Back Camp, the group gathered peacefully to advance reconciliation actions.

For more information visit the O:se Kenhionhata:tie Land Back Camp Facebook page and our Indigenous reconciliation page.