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Victoria Park Lake Improvements

Restoring a landmark park

  • 500

    Trees/Shrubs Planted

  • 4K

    Concrete Blocks

  • Kitchener, Ontario

    Kitchener, Ontario

Preserving and enhancing the heritage of a historic park

Despite years of lake management efforts, sediment kept building up in the lake resulting in degraded water quality and unsightly lake conditions in the warm summer months. In order to improve the environmental, habitat, recreational, aesthetic and social conditions of the park and lake, our urban designers went to work to come up with a plan to rehabilitate the lake in this landmark park.

Our team of environmental and civil engineers completed several improvements for the lake, including deepening the lake, removing the sediment, adding a sediment forebay at the upstream end to manage the sediment long term.  Additional improvements include stabilizing the shoreline and landscaping to enhance the park.  In all, the project removed 45,000 tonnes of thick motor like sediment, filling 125 trucks a day for three months.  Another key element of the project was the treatment and reuse of the removed sediment which eliminated the need for taking it to a landfill along with the associated costs. Our efforts preserved and enhanced the heritage features of the park and surrounding area and all the improvements were completed in time for the city’s centennial celebrations.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Heather Amirault, Surface Water Engineer

Rivers tell stories. I read them, and when needed, do a rewrite for a happy ending.

Steve Brown, Senior Associate, Water Resources

I merge technical knowledge with site specific conditions to provide the most appropriate design for all stakeholders.
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Joe Keene, Biologist

Despite working in this field for over 20 years, I still feel a sense of awe in the diversity of life on this planet.

Tiana Robinson, Principal, Environmental Services Discipline Leader

Understanding the unique needs of each phase of a project helps us provide efficient and effective solutions to meet diverse client needs.
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Tanya Shanoff, Principal, Environmental Services

I enjoy working with our clients to plan, prepare, and respond to environmental emergencies using Stantec’s best creative minds and resources.
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Andrew Taylor, Senior Ecologist

Working with a multi-disciplinary team of experts, I develop solutions to protect our natural environment while building communities.

Jim Vafiades, Senior Landscape Architect

A key element to designing an urban space is to understand the people who will use it. What are their needs, lifestyles, and passions?

Heather Amirault

Surface Water Engineer

Steve Brown

Senior Associate, Water Resources

Joe Keene


Tiana Robinson

Principal, Environmental Services Discipline Leader

Tanya Shanoff

Principal, Environmental Services

Andrew Taylor

Senior Ecologist

Jim Vafiades

Senior Landscape Architect

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