Year-round access to Laurel Creek Park Begins Soon
Changes are coming to Laurel Creek Park in Waterloo this spring that will allow visitors to enjoy the park year-round. Automatic gates are being installed at the gatehouse along with a small parking lot, and a trailer staging area. These improvements will enhance access to the park during the camping season and provide year-round access to visitors who wish to enter the park during the off-season for hiking and other activities.
Grand River Conservation Authority Membership Pass holders will be able to swipe their card at the automatic gate to gain access to the park. The gates also accept debit and credit card payment. The automatic gates are expected to be in operation when the park opens on May 1.
The entrance improvements will require the removal of approximately 18 mature Norway spruce trees to accommodate the new facilities. These trees will be replaced through plantings as part of this project and in other areas of the park. Over the past few years, more than 1,000 trees have been planted annually at Laurel Creek to help support forest restoration efforts within the park.