KITCHENER, ONT. — The City of Kitchener, Ont. has received a grant of $750,000 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities that will go towards incorporating state-of-the-art stormwater management features at the new RBJ Schlegel Park.
The investment will improve watershed health by minimizing stormwater runoff into the downstream system.
The system will ensure stormwater is managed effectively at the park with features like rain gardens in parking areas, infiltration galleries under the artificial turf playing fields, bioswales and oil/grit separators to remove debris and treat road run-off, and a rock infiltration trench located under a dry retention pond, states a release issued by the City of Kitchener.
Stormwater will also be contained onsite, minimizing impacts to the environment by replenishing groundwater resources and reducing the chances of flooding, the release reads.
The spending aligns with the city’s integrated stormwater management master plan which outlines guidelines and policies that dictate how the city will manage stormwater over the next 15 years. By investing in this infrastructure now, the city will be able to monitor the performance and maintenance requirements associated with green infrastructure.
“We’re committed to building a culture of sustainability and including this type of infrastructure is the new standard which cities like ours must look at,” says City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic in a statement.
“In addition to adding to the park’s amenities, showcasing the environmental benefits of low impact development (LID) at RBJ Schlegel Park will hopefully inspire other businesses and organizations to include similar LID infrastructure at their locations so that together, we can protect our community against the impacts of climate change.”