Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex Expansion

The Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex expansion is underway. Find the latest construction updates below.


On this page

  1. Project background
  2. Construction updates
  3. Impacts to local residents
  4. Construction timelines

Project background

This project supports the vision of the recreation and leisure services master plan approved by council in November 2008, which recognizes a demand for new facility space as the city’s population continues to grow and new trends in recreation activities emerge.

We are building:

  • a new civic front on the east side of the building that will include an activity court/gymnasium, additional lobby space, change rooms, inclusive washrooms
  • a renovated Hauser Haus to allow for additional fitness programming in two exercise studios and a secondary indoor walking concourse
  • a new two-storey building - the Community Pavilion - on the west-side of the property as the new home for the city’s older adult recreation program currently offered at the Adult Recreation Centre (ARC) and Wing 404 RCAFA Rotary Adult Centre. The building will connect to the WMRC facility with an elevated pedestrian bridge

Construction updates

On May 1 2020, the provincial government revised its guidelines regarding municipal construction projects. We are pleased to announce that the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex is now proceeding as planned. 

The following construction activity is underway:

On Friday, September 4 the following will take place:
  • large concrete pour for the community pavilion
  • concrete trucks will deliver concrete to the site every 15 minutes
  • the site setup will begin at 6:00 a.m. and work will begin at 7:00 a.m.
  •  the site will be lit after dusk and the work will continue until 11:00 p.m.
  • the work is not expected to be overly noisy
 Community Pavilion:
  • excavation, footings, frost wall and raft slab ongoing 
  • reinstate concrete at main electrical room
  • reinstate west laneway (asphalt)
  • excavate and pour bases for light standards along west laneway
Civic Front:
  • site services ongoing
  • excavation, footings and rebar install and concrete forming ongoing 
  • fill existing underground concrete structures
  • pour curbs and sidewalks at new accessible drop off
  • install bike racks
Barrel roof:
  • remove existing roof and reinstall along west side
Interior renovations:
  • interior renovation work is currently underway in the change rooms, hallway areas, arena concessions and arena washrooms

Throughout the construction process, we will update you on parking, programming and other changes. Bookmark this page or check Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates.

We will also post updates through other communication channels, such as e-newsletters.

Impacts to local residents

  • WMRC track will remain closed for the month of August as we review this decision and will reassess for the fall. The track is closed because of the construction taking place at WMRC and we'd like to limit the number of people using the facility to reduce exposure to our summer camp participants in the building.
  • with ongoing excavation work, residents can expect a higher number of construction vehicles entering and exiting the site daily
  • the west entrance to the facility is temporarily closed for site servicing
  • residents may experience dust and loud noise
  • construction work will take place Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • work may be required outside of these hours - if so, adherence to the noise bylaw will occur, or a variance notice will be given

Construction timelines

The WMRC expansion project has a 24 month construction schedule. Throughout the 24 months, the community will continue to see construction activities as well as construction equipment in and around the site. 

Completion dates:

  • occupancy of Community Pavilion: Summer 2021
  • total completion of project: Summer 2022