An early summer walk along Laurel and Forwell Creeks in Waterloo’s Hillside Park, enjoying wildflowers lining its trails. The paved and stone dust paths, linking University Avenue and Lexington Road, pass through stream-side woods, meadows and a woodlot adjacent to the city’s water treatment plant. A one kilometre section was paved in 2014 at a cost of $260,000, despite attempts by environmental protesters to impede the work. They objected to the lack of public consultation over possible environmental damage and the potential increase in cyclist traffic. The city noted the environmental benefit to paving to mitigate the need to frequently repair a low-lying section of the trail’s gravel surface routinely washed out by high water levels.