Aquatics Master Plan and Gates Park Master Plan

Making a splash

The City parks system in Waterloo has a rich history of providing high-quality, creative, and well-maintained public spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy. Waterloo's Leisure Services Commission is excited to announce a campaign to transform Waterloo’s two major parks - Gates Park and Byrnes Park. Each plan was thoughtfully designed with input from the community and includes a multi-faceted renovation of Gates Park and a new outdoor aquatic center at Byrnes Park.

Make a Splash is your opportunity to support the upcoming transformations of Gates & Byrnes Parks! Building on the legacies of these beloved facilities, this project will provide beautiful spaces to gather, play and make great memories. 

Community members, past and present, are invited to be part of this project by contributing to the Make a Splash: Transforming Gates & Byrnes Parks Fund. Gifts of all sizes are welcome. Your generous gift will positively impact generations of Waterloo residents for years to come!

Contributions to the Fund can be made:

  • Online by clicking here.
  • Checks made payable to "Waterloo Community Foundation" with "Gates & Byrnes Fund" or "Make a Splash" in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Waterloo Community Foundation, PO Box 1253, Waterloo, IA 50704. 

In July 2021, the Leisure Services' Department sought out for feedback on the future of Waterloo Aquatics.

In January 31, 2022, they presented the City council the results of the feedback and their studies for the Gates Park area and Aquatics Master Plan.

View the power point presentation from January 31, 2022 here. 


Transforing Gates - Copy.PNG - CopyAn updated presentation was presented in May of 2022 to Leisure Services Staff.  Click here to view that power point presentation. 


Gates Park Improvements
                          Gates Park Spray Park     Gates Park BasketBall Courts     Gates Park Basketball Courts 2
Gates Park South End

Gate Parks South Ends Existing     Gates Park South Park Proposed