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Community Improvement Projects

The City of Welland is always on the grow. From infrastructure to community development; city departments are always preparing and planning to deliver better services to citizens. Community improvement projects change the way we move, live, and do business. Stay connected to your city, and discover all the community improvements projects planned to enhance the lives of Welland’s residents, business owners, and visitors. The city’s community improvement projects are most successful when the community participates and shares their ideas. We encourage you to discover the current projects listed here, participate at a public meeting, or take a public survey to help us shape your city.
Photo of Hip Concert at Civic Square

Civic Square Revitalization

The Welland Civic Square upgrade will begin with a phase one (1) implementation of necessary accessibility improvements and repairs to the South stair set in the fall of 2020. The stair set along East Main St. will be replaced with a similar set up to existing. We will provide an access ramp from the South side East Main St. toward the main entrance as well as repair some heaving drainage and interlocking brick at the West ramp. Other improvements will be LED lighting upgrades and additional lighting to illuminate darker areas around City Hall.

Welland Civic Square is a community space that has the potential to be a landmark within downtown Welland. The current space has had increasing interest as recent events such as movie nights and concerts broadcast on the big screen, have attracted many residents to the location. In order to continue the growth of these events, and to attract future community gatherings, a revitalization strategy for Civic Square is necessary. Downtown revitalization, or place making, is an important part of the overall health of a community, and it is important to create a multi-use space that will facilitate a number of community events.


Atlas Landfill Remediation - Welland Vista Park

Visit the Atlas Landfill Remediation webpage for updated information.


Memorial Park Redevelopment

Photo of Memorial Park RedevelopmentThe purpose of this Master Plan is to provide guidance for the future long-term development of Memorial Park. The park has a history in the City of Welland, particularly with respect to family oriented activities, and with recreational sports teams. Memorial Park is bisected by Memorial Park Drive. The western half of the park consists primarily of ball diamonds and the eastern half primarily consists of passive and recreational areas which include a pool, splash pad, wading pool, and picnic pavilions. A small building at the southern end is rented out to a community group. Memorial Park is actively used by the baseball community, and sports team representatives have indicated a rising demand for playing fields. Large gatherings associated with the pavilions continue to be a tradition among the citizens of Welland. Visit the parks webpage for more information.

Phase one (1) pond fill in and swale cut are in process of completion and are expected to be completed by July of 2020. Works to finish: grade, lay top soil and hydroseed.

Phase two (2) is in design and due to commence in the summer of 2020 with the addition of a parking lot at the South West providing additional parking for the baseball fields.

Due to weather conditions, the phase three (3) portion of the project was to commence in 2020, this phase three (3) will take place simultaneously with the phase (2) work with the retrofit of metal halide lights at M2 and M3 with LED lighting technology. The works are currently in designing and are expected to be completed by September of 2020.

Additional 2020 works will be the removal of the existing splash pad at the end of the 2020 season (late September) and replacement with a new updated splash pad. Project has been awarded to ABC Recreation. Construction will begin with demolition of the old splash pad beginning September of 2020, works to be completed in the 2020 calendar year.


Maple Park Splash Pad

Spring of 2020 will commence with the addition of a splash pad at Maple Park. Work has been awarded to ABC Recreation. Construction has begun and is anticipated to be completed July of 2020.

Photo of Maple Park splash pad
Fire Halls 1 & 2

Welland Fire and Emergency Services Team is very excited to be moving forward with our Council approved station replacement strategy.

Phase One will see the new Headquarters and Training Center located on the former Atlas Steels property at 400 East Main Street as you enter the downtown core. This location will be the future home of the, Administration Offices, Fire Prevention Offices, Training Offices and Training Tower. The career firefighters and equipment presently located in Station 2 at 636 King Street will transfer to this station. It will also house both of our Volunteer Fire Companies and their assigned apparatus. This development provides many benefits to the City of Welland and its residents. Downtown revitalization and brownfield redevelopment were two of our objectives when selecting this property. More importantly, this will improve response times throughout the community supporting future developments. It will bring our headquarters back into District No. 1 and have career and volunteer firefighters working together responding out of the core of the city. This station construction will see three older stations decommissioned and replaced with one new energy efficient building cutting down on maintenance costs and eliminating millions of dollars in projected repairs to the existing facilities. A fiscally responsible use of city tax dollars.

The long overdue training center will allow us to meet our legislated requirements for training. It will give us a facility to practice and fine tune our existing skills, as well as a place to learn new skills in the forever changing world of emergency response. It will give us the ability to continue to deliver first class emergency response, fire prevention and public education initiatives to the residents of the City of Welland for many decades to come.

Phase Two of our station replacement plans will see a new station constructed behind the existing headquarters located at 636 King Street. This station will house the crew and equipment presently located in a shared facility with Welland Hydro. After completion of the building, the existing station will be demolished. The new Station 2 will be home to a full time firefighting crew staffing a Pumper as well as some specialty equipment.


Rotary Park Project

We are currently working with Welland Rotary for the improvement of the Welland Lincoln Park. The improvements will be a boathouse canoe kayak rental facility, year round washrooms, signage, area of reflection and parking lot expansion.

Works have begun with Cr Sanders to fabricate the single post wayfinding signage dedicated to Rotary Club. They will be installed by the end of June 2020 at the main entrance to Rotary Park, formerly Lincoln Park.

Work has been awarded to Stolk construction for the design, supply and installation of the canoe kayak rental facility that will be fabricated from sea containers. Design works have been completed and are in permit review. Ground breaking to commence last weeks of June 2020. The project is anticipated to be substantially completed by September of 2020.

Additionally, we are in design of an “Area of Reflection” that will be positioned at the south of the swim dock area. This is a landscaping feature complete with Rotary dedicated placard, stamped concrete base and seating area. The works will be surrounded with a variety of plantings to accentuate the feature. Timeline for installation has not yet been established.


Courthouse Roof Replacement

The Welland Courthouse replacement has been awarded to Exterrior Elements Roofing, works began June 5, 2020 weekend. Due to internal constraints with courthouse programming, we are performing the replacement on evenings and weekends. The project is anticipated to be completed by July 1, 2020.


Clerks Gazebo

Work to provide an on site wedding location at Welland Civic Hall have commenced. Marlee Contracting Niagara has been awarded the work to install a concrete walk way and 15’ diameter hexagon concrete pad to hold a Shade View gazebo. Shade View will be installing the Gazebo top. Work is scheduled to begin the first week of July 2020. Anticipated completion is mid August.


Lincoln St Docks (Now Rotary Park)

RFP has been issued and submissions opened for review. Staff are working to award the installation of a new swim dock to replace the aging swim dock in place at the waterfront. Anticipated project award by end of June.


WIFC Flatwater Center Drainage Improvement

The WIFC flatwater center is experiencing erosion due to rain water shed at the South hill adjacent to the canal. Stantec Engineering has been hired as a consultant to design the new drainage system and has completed the design and tender package. We are currently in tender preparation and have an expected project start date of September 12, 2020. Anticipated completion is end of October 2020.


Museum HVAC Replacement

The Welland Heritage Museum at 140 King Street is undertaking a heating system upgrade. The main steam boiler and distribution will be removed and replaced with a roof top unit and second residential style natural gas fired forced air furnace assembly. Design for the project and tender package preparation was awarded to Hallex Engineering and is complete. The project has been tendered and has been awarded to Refrigeration Energy Solutions. The project is scheduled to start July 8 and is anticipated to be completed by September first 2020.


Maple Park Pool Accessibility Improvement

The City is exploring installation of a personal lifting device to provide AODA accessible entry and egress to the pool at Maple park.

Request for quotation (RFQ) is out for bid on a major Canadian tendering web site, Biddingo.ca

The RFQ closes July 2nd, following bid review and should a product meet our specifications, it is anticipated to be installed immediately following award.


Community Room Audio Visual Upgrade

The Community Room at Welland Civic Square, 60 East Main Street, is a popular community and staff meeting room. This room also serves as our Emergency Operation Center and secondary Council chamber.

The aging audio visual system is in need of replacement. A request for quotation is forth coming and will be advertised on Biddingo.ca


Burgar Park Ventilation System

The Burgar park pavilion is used by various baseball user groups. The basement is equipped with shower & washroom facility as well as change rooms. The ventilation system is beyond its service life and is in need of replacement. Works are in design and are anticipated to be completed end of the 2020 season.