Waterloo’s New Urban Square

May 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

A new public square in uptown Waterloo may be bustling with community events almost every weekend this summer. During the week, the square will be a place where people stop for lunch, meet friends, or sip coffee on their breaks. The new square at Waterloo Town Square should be finished mid-May, and it will be officially opened on May 30.

Waterloo Square

The $2.8-million project, on King Street at Willis Way running north to the railroad tracks, will feature six honey locust trees about 15 feet high, surrounded by tall grasses, shrubs, and perennials such as hostas and day lilies. A concrete staircase leads to the front entrance of The Shops at Waterloo Town Square, with steps in an upper terrace for seating. The main area will hold bistro-like tables and chairs, as well as benches. The square will also feature a large abstract bell created by sculptor Royden Rabinowitch. He will be in Waterloo on June 5 to officially unveil the bell.


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Betty Ann Keller, manager of cultural development for the city, said a budget hasn’t been set up for programming at the square. Money will be used from existing recreational budgets. “Our goal in 2009 is to make it work,” she said. This summer, a concert series will be held in the uptown square from late June to August, featuring folk, rock and jazz. Other events include lunch-hour guitar lessons and ballroom dancing lessons in the evening. Summer weekends will include Opera Kitchener’s Cinderella, some of the acts of the Waterloo Jazz Festival and Uptown Country.

The city still hopes to raise $800,000 – $300,000 for the rink and $500,000 for the water wall – from the community and private sector businesses to help complete the wall and rink.

Source: TheRecord.com

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