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City of Waterloo unveils early draft plans for Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex expansion

Last Updated Oct 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm EDT

Photo by Caryn Ceolin, 570 NEWS

Residents are getting a first glimpse at conceptual drawings for the future expansion of the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex and a new older adult centre.

At a public drop-in session on Thursday, city staff unveiled the designs for the proposed layout of the new recreation spaces, and said they wanted to make sure the community liked them before asking council to vote on the additions in early December.

But the lack of bus transportation on Father David Bauer Drive has many residents worried about accessibility to the site.

“It’s not good enough to have it stop at Father David Bauer Drive… You need a bus that actually comes in here,” says Dana, who tells 570 NEWS she had a say at community input meetings earlier this year, and felt the city had otherwise listened to what people were saying.

“I just try to put myself in the position of other seniors. They may not have a car,” adds Bill. “It might be a little harder for them to get there.”

Beth Ranjovich is a policy analyst with the city, and says they’re having discussions with Grand River Transit.

“It’s part of the decision making for council to understand how the whole thing will work together,” she says. “We’ll be bringing forward that information to council in December as well.”

You can view the designs online here.