A pedestrian and cycling pathway through Sunset Park

Rainwater integration in the Still Creek watershed

These projects are funded by the Government of Canada’s Natural Infrastructure Fund  for rainwater integration projects throughout the city.

We're exploring ways to better manage rainwater in the Still Creek watershed, and restore its natural water cycle, by using green rainwater infrastructure.

By adding features like wetlands, rain gardens, and rainwater tree trenches to existing parks and roads, we can slow down, capture, and filter rainwater.

These projects can help to:

  • Improve water quality
  • Create habitats for wildlife
  • Manage floods
  • Reduce urban heat
  • Make nature more accessible

What's happeningThis project is in early exploratory phases

Throughout 2023, we’ll be: 

  • Engaging Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh to understand their priorities for these sites
  • Consulting key stakeholders and Still Creek watershed stewards to help shape these projects
  • Sharing information with neighbours through signage and webpage updates

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Enhancements by location

Falaise Park

  • Enhancing a naturally managed ravine to support rainwater capture from City storm sewers
  • Adding terraces to slow and capture rainwater, improving water quality before it flows into Still Creek

Charles Park

  • Transforming the existing small pond into a rainwater capture and storage system
  • Re-grading the park to enable rainwater storage, reducing reliance on chlorinated drinking water

Beaconsfield Park

  • Addressing drainage issues, including seasonal flooding
  • Creating a seasonal wetland to capture rainwater and mitigate flood impacts

Slocan Park

  • Introducing a rain garden in the north-west corner of the park, near Slocan and E 29th
  • Capturing runoff from the park and surrounding streets, improving water management

Cornett Road

  • Installing rain gardens, riparian plantings, and rainwater tree trenches
  • Treating polluted rainwater runoff to enhance water quality in Still Creek

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St George Rainway

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Tatlow and Volunteer Park stream

We are restoring the historical stream in Volunteer and Tatlow parks and the English Bay shoreline.

Gibbys Field natural park

The Park Board is exploring options to enhance Gibby’s Field as a naturally-managed area.

Alberta St Blue Green System and Columbia Park Renewal

The Alberta St Blue Green System and Columbia Park Renewal will explore ways to address sewer and drainage needs of the growing Cambie Corridor.

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