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Waterloo Eastside Library
#1
Waterloo politicians have voted to build a fourth library in the city located at RIM park.

Project budget : 7.8 million
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#2
CTV video - http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/mobile/video?clipId=895811

The Record article - http://m.therecord.com/news-story/673246...t-rim-park
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#3
I guess it makes sense to locate it in the community centre, but RIM Park is walkable for almost no one. It’s too bad in a way that they couldn’t find a lot somewhere in a more established neighbourhood.
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#4
I had a similar reaction, but really is there any east side location that would be better? Everything east of Conestoga Mall has always seemed completely suburban to me.
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#5
I think that’s the logical conclusion. If there was even a single mixed-use neighbourhood centre in east Waterloo, I would suggest that the WPL should take pains to find a lot for a branch near it. But there’s not- as you say, it’s pretty well entirely suburban. So RIM Park makes a great deal of sense.
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#6
RIM Park is good, 202 stops by it, which should be convenient
Many drive to libraries anywhere

but it'll only be built in 2019 after the consultation/study on design...wow, things move slow
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#7
Yeah, RIM Park is, for better and worse, already a community centre, and co-locating a library there makes sense. It gives kids who are at activities there somewhere to hang out while they wait to be picked up. It's not a completely inaccessible location anymore, now that route 202 exists. That puts a decent chunk of east Waterloo on a single bus ride to the library.
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#8
More branches just increases the chance that the book you want will be somewhere else.
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#9
Of course, the walk between the community centre and the 202 stop is a pretty lengthy one across a massive parking lot with no shade. But I guess what’s done is done there, and there’s no way to go back in time and situate the building closer to the street, with the parking lot in back. I agree, in spite of its geographic isolation it’s got some transit, and anyway already attracts families, so it’s a logical and not altogether terrible place for a new library.
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