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​Learn more about the work we're doing during this project and why we need to do it.

Project background

Since 2004, the neighbourhoods of Steinhauer and Ermineskin have not experienced extensive flooding simply because the area has not had a major storm. However, the area has been identified as very vulnerable during a major storm event.

There is no stormwater management facility in either neighbourhood, and the current overland (or surface drainage system) is not effective. There are several areas in these neighbourhoods that sag where water pools. This puts the Steinhauer and Ermineskin neighbourhoods at risk of flooding during intense rainfall events.

To reduce this flood risk, we'll be constructing two dry ponds (red on map below): one in the Steinhaur School site and one in Ermineskin Park, as well as sewer upgrades located in areas of both neighbourhoods (blue on map below).

 

Recreation amenity replacement

Because of the required work with the dry ponds, the existing recreation amenities need to be reconfigured. So, we began a process in 2018 to gather community feedback about the recreation amenities that will be replaced in the 2 areas.

An information session was held on October 23, 2018 to discuss the project and respond to questions.  Five different concept options were presented. Each attendee was asked to identify their top 3 preferences by placing coloured dots on the panels. Over 60 residents attended the information session and voted on the concept options. EPCOR incorporated this feedback, along with feedback from other stakeholders, to identify which concept to move forward with.

A community survey was released via hard copy mail-outs to all Steinhauer and Ermineskin residents in May 2019. The survey included questions on current usage and priorities for replacement recreation amenities. The survey had a strong response, with 75 replies. EPCOR incorporated this feedback, along with feedback from other stakeholders, to identify which recreation amenity option to move forward with.

The proposed recreation layout options of the impacted areas, based on the recreation amenity priorities information gathered, were presented to all Steinhauer and Ermineskin residents in a final survey in July 2019. An information session was held on July 30, 2019 to discuss the options and respond to questions. There were 254 ballots were cast by the community – received at the open house or by mail.

Steinhauer Dry Pond

For the dry pond located in the Steinhauer School area, no preference was the overall community preference with 37% of the vote. U9 and U13 soccer fields received 31% of the vote. U7, U9 and U11 soccer fields received 24% of the vote. U7 and U9 soccer fields received 8% of the vote, and 9% did not select an option.

The City had the final decision making authority on the final recreation amenities and selected one U7, one U9 and one U11 soccer field and one ball diamond to be replaced in the Steinhauer School site based on the results from the community vote, along with feedback from stakeholders.

See the map below for what the recreation amenities will look like when the work is done. It also shows where the drainage infrastructure will be placed. 

Find out the timeline for this work and how this work will impact you.

 

Ermineskin Dry Pond

For the dry pond in Ermineskin Park, the overall community preference with 40% of the vote was to replace a U13 soccer field replaced where the two 13U baseball diamonds currently exist. No preference received 30% of the vote. U11 soccer field replaced and two U9 soccer fields reoriented received 15% of the vote. U13 soccer field and two 11U baseball diamonds replaced where two 13U baseball diamonds currently exist received 15% of the vote, and 1% did not select an option.

The City had the final decision making authority on the final recreation amenities and selected one U11 soccer field to be replaced and two U9 soccer fields to be reoriented in the Ermineskin Park site based on the results from the community vote, along with feedback from stakeholders.

See the map below for what the recreation amenities will look like when the work is done. It also shows where the drainage infrastructure will be placed. 

Find out the timeline for this work and how this work will impact you

 

Sewer Upgrades

In addition to the construction of the dry ponds, various sewer upgrades located in areas of both neighbourhoods are required. For this work, there will be several locations with roadway and sidewalk closures, including:

  • Ermineskin: 29 Avenue across from 106 Street
  • Ermineskin: Corner of 26 Avenue and 105A Street
  • Steinhauer: 106 Street north of 31 Avenue
  • Steinhauer: 32A Avenue across from 108 Street
  • Steinhauer: 32A Avenue west of 107A Street
  • Steinhauer: 31 Avenue south of Steinhauer School

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​About dry ponds

Dry ponds provide recreational areas in your community, but they also serve another purpose: flood protection for your neighbourhood.

They collect and store water during large rainfall events to reduce the risk of home and street flooding.

Watch this video to learn more about dry ponds.

Dry pond work construction steps

  1. The topsoil will be removed from the pond surface and hauled offsite. Once the removal of the top soil is complete, a survey crew will layout the design and the pond excavation will begin.
  2. The installation of the sub-drain collection system will be done as sections of the pond are completed.
  3. After the sub-drain collection system has been installed, the remaining landscaping work will be done which will include topsoil, sod, recreation amenities and other fixtures.
  4. Surface feature restoration and installation (walkways) will be done at the same time as nearby grading and landscaping to ensure minimal disruption to already completed work.

Find out the timeline for this work and how this work will impact you.