When the 2013 floodwaters receded from Medicine Hat, the city faced a summer missing one of its most popular sports: Baseball.
The South Saskatchewan River spilled into Athletic Park, home to the Medicine Hat Mavericks of the Western Major Baseball League, and the two Little League diamonds at Lion’s Park. In addition, the city would be without the picnic areas, playground, tennis courts and fitness trails at Lion’s Park.
The City’s Parks Department turned to Stantec’s team of stormwater, landscape architecture and remediation experts to get the Boys of Summer back in action.
Devin Huber, Chris Enslen, and Sean Kirby led the team to assess the damage and over the next six months partnered with the City to restore the recreation areas. They managed a team of contractors to clear mud and debris from the parks, and rebuilt fences and infrastructure from scratch. Athletic Park reopened in time for the Maverick’s 2014 home opener on June 1, 2014, and both parks are now open to the public.
We’re still working with the City to plan, design and oversee the construction of the Medicine Hat Overland Flow Protection Strategy to protect several communities and keep them rooting for the home team for years to come.