High Park is a significant green space in the heart of Toronto. It’s also where Torontonians come to walk their dogs, play with their children, participate in sporting events and even watch Shakespeare plays. Throughout the year, this cherished park gives so much to the neighbourhood that the City of Toronto decided to give back with an environmental initiative. As Toronto’s largest environmental planning process, there was no room left for error.
The project required the implementation of proper infrastructure for storm water management. This new drainage system was key to environmental preservation in this already sensitive area. Not to mention, a precious leisure area. Without it, soil and pollutants would spread compromising the park’s landscape and the safety of people. The project’s objectives were preserving water quality, water quantity and purity while maintaining the natural surroundings for both plants and wildlife. Clearway’s challenge was to construct seven wetland locations. Included in the job: excavation, clay liner applications, storm sewer pipes, landscaping and restoration, oil grit separators, permanent berms and water level monitoring stations.
Needless to say, this huge undertaking required a huge concerted effort by Clearway, the City of Toronto, the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, as well as the Ministry of the Environment. For this project to be successful, Clearway dealt delicately with the many highly environmentally sensitive areas. The result: success. Thanks to careful coordination and planning by Clearway’s Management Staff and the work of construction crews, High Park continues to flourish as a green space for families to gather and play, today and well into the future.