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New Kitchener park going green

The FCM announced a $750,000 grant that will help the city build state of the art stormwater management features at RBJ Schlegel Park
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Berry Vrbanovic
Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic at Thursday's announcement. Phi Doan/KitchenerToday

The new RBJ Schlegel Park in Kitchener will feature green infrastructure.

On Thursday, The Federation of Canadian Municipalities announced a $750,000 grant that will help the city build state of the art stormwater management features.

The first portion of the park, located at Huron Road and Fischer-Hallman Road, is slated to open in 2019.

"Different orders of government working together to make this kind of thing happen. Municipalities can't do it on their own, and this is an excellent partnership between the federal government and cities." Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic told 570 NEWS.

"We're partnering with them to ensure that we don't see incidents like we saw in the GTA just a couple of days ago." added Marwan Tabbara, the MP for Kitchener-South Hespeler.

Other green features at the park will include 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.

The city says stormwater will also be contained on site.

It says that will minimize impacts to the environment by replenishing groundwater resources and reducing the chances of flooding.

In April, the Schlegel family contributed over $2-million to acquire naming rights to the park.




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