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Ward 11 News: Oakridge Rain Garden

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Ward 11 official websiteUpdate November 6, 2015

Construction of the rain garden is complete for the season! The project team loved working with Oakridge and are excited to unveil this new community amenity in 2016! Here's what's new:

- The rain garden is excavated, all underground infrastructure is installed
- Many layers of drainage rock and sand are added, along with a deep layer of top soil
- The plants placed in the garden will remain dormant throughout the winter
- A drain is installed in the playground to move excess stormwater away form the playground and into the rain garden, so water will no longer pool inside the gravel
- New sod is lain over the tobogganing hill base
- The snow fence currently around the rain garden will remain over the winter and next growing season


About the Oakridge Rain Garden

A rain garden, also known as biofiltration area, is a landscaped plant bed that captures and filters stormwater before it returns to our rivers and creeks. Rain gardens can differ in both design and size, from small residential rain gardens to large engineered rain gardens that are designed to work as part of the drainage system. Learn more about Rain Gardens in Calgary.

Oakridge borders the Glenmore Reservoir, which is one source of Calgary's drinking water, which is why the community is a priority watershed. This rain garden will replace the gravel pad located on the Southwest corner of Oakwood Drive. S.W. and Oakland Rd. S.W. in Oakwood Park.


Construction of the Oakridge rain garden began in early August. The project is scheduled to be complete, later this fall. The City looks forward to unveiling this project that offers both beauty and function to the community of Oakridge.


The garden construction process will also include a solution to the drainage problem identified at the nearby playground. A low lying grassy area will run from the playground towards the garden to help move stormwater away from the playground, leaving a dry place for children to play.


This rain garden project is part of The City’s broader Stormwater Strategy designed to manage the level of sediment loading into our rivers. Key learnings from this project will help to evaluate and inform future use of rain gardens throughout established communities in Calgary, where little or no stormwater treatment exists.


Regular construction hours will be from Monday to Saturday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. In the event of a delay, work hours may be extended to 10:00 pm on weekdays, Sundays and holidays between 9:00 AM and 10:00 PM.


During the construction, residents may notice an increase in truck traffic, noise, vibrations, dust and possibly mud. There may be intermittent lane closures and limited parking in the area directly surrounding the construction zone. The playground will be fenced off for up to two weeks to allow for modifications to the structure. Once complete, the playground structure will be accessible, but rain garden and new grassy area will be fenced off for the duration of the construction to allow the sod to establish.


To receive project updates via email, please contact or call 3-1-1.


This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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