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Welland Canal Park

Welland, Ontario

Photo Credit: Janet Rosenberg Studio


Initial Research by: Carl Valdez

Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans

Case study compiled in 2019



Project: Welland Canal Park 

Type of Urban StrategyWater 

Type of ProjectUrban Park Recreational Waterway / Cycle Paths

LocationWelland, Ontario 

Date Designed/Planned: 2003

Construction Completed:  2005

Designer: Janet Rosenberg & Studio and CS&P Architects


The Welland Canal Park and Civic Square demonstrate how architecture can promote social equity, reduce isolation, or embody social justice. This is achieved through the design of a broader recreation network running along the scenic and historic canal. The design aims to strengthen connections to the canal with bridges, gardens, and viewing platforms. 


“Welland’s Civic Square and Library were designed to rejuvenate the downtown core. Our vision for the surrounding parkland focused on re-connecting residents with the edge of the historic Welland Canal. A series of galvanized ramps and viewing platforms hover over the former walls of the canal, recalling the industrial history of the site. A planting palette of long grasses and roses creates a structured, park-like atmosphere. Walkways connect the square to the heart of the city, attracting visitors and reasserting the place of the canal in residents’ daily lives.” 

(Janet Rosenberg & Studio, 2012)


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