One of the nicest things about living in Waterloo Region is the ability to escape the city to one of our many parks. Waterloo Park, located near both Universities, offers a fresh respite from the traffic and noise. Take a walk through the gardens, pack a picnic with your family or significant other, and visit the animals in the petting zoo. Wide fields provide the perfect opportunity to play frisbee, soccer, or football with friends. There are also basketball courts and baseball fields, so you have a space to play no matter what your sport! (If, like me, you love hockey, try heading back in the winter when Silver Lake has frozen over for some pond hockey).
(Updated June 2017): Although most festivals and events take place in the summer, Waterloo park offers entertainment all year long. The Wonders of Winter light display makes for a beautiful winter evening, and is sure to enchant young children. In the warmer months, bring your kids to Lions Lagoon splash pad to cool down, and grab some standard picnic fare from the Park Inn Concession. In the spring, talk a walk in the beautiful Victorian gardens, and take to the hiking trails in autumn to enjoy the explosion of colour as the leaves change.
What’s on for August 2017
August 13th: Summer Concert Series with the Waterloo Concert Band. If you’ve already caught a summer concert series performance at Waterloo park, chances are you’d be happy to go again! If you have yet to see some live music in the park this summer, this may be your last chance. Head over to the Bandshell at 7pm for music by this not-for-profit, 30 piece ensemble.
August 10th: Music and Movies night! This event is put on by the food bank of Waterloo region. Entry is free with a non-perishable food item or a donation to the food bank! Consider checking the food bank website to see what items are most needed. The event runs from 7:00 to 10:30pm, beginning with live music and ending with the newest Lego movie, Batman: Back in Black. Bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks, and settle down in the grass to watch this movie on an outdoor big screen!