Update 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
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.
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.
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.
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