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We are looking for ways to improve water quality and reduce flood risks through stormwater measures at Countryside Park. We thank the community for your participation while we look for a design solution that:

  • reduces future flood risks
  • protects and improves water quality
  • is technically workable
  • fits into current park uses
  • and fits within the project budget

We want to understand how Countryside Park is currently used and what’s important to you in your park experiences. This will help us to better integrate the stormwater facilities into the park space.

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Why are we adding stormwater measures to the park?

Climate change will bring more intense storms and more frequent freeze-thaw cycles. Creating more spaces for stormwater to collect in neighbourhoods reduces flooding during storms.

There are two large stormwater pipes currently running next to Countryside Park. They carry runoff from storm sewers through the neighbourhood to Balzer Creek and the Grand River. Countryside Park is a good place to add stormwater facilities to collect and filter runoff. By adding stormwater storage to the neighbourhood, we will:

  • Improve water quality in Balzer Creek and the Grand River;
  • Reduce the risk of flooding;
  • Reduce erosion in Balzer Creek;
  • Improve resilience against climate change; and
  • Enhance community safety.

For more information on this project, please read the project background.

This project was approved by the Ministry of the Environment in 2016 as part of the Integrated Stormwater Management Master Plan (ISWM-MP). If community consultations lead to required project modifications, we will seek to amend the relevant planning tools—in this case, the Class Environmental Assessment, under which the ISWM-MP was completed.


We are looking for ways to improve water quality and reduce flood risks through stormwater measures at Countryside Park. We thank the community for your participation while we look for a design solution that:

  • reduces future flood risks
  • protects and improves water quality
  • is technically workable
  • fits into current park uses
  • and fits within the project budget

We want to understand how Countryside Park is currently used and what’s important to you in your park experiences. This will help us to better integrate the stormwater facilities into the park space.

Stay Informed

Subscribe for updates and be the first to know about news and information about this project. Add your email to the Stay Informed box on this page and click ‘Subscribe’.

Why are we adding stormwater measures to the park?

Climate change will bring more intense storms and more frequent freeze-thaw cycles. Creating more spaces for stormwater to collect in neighbourhoods reduces flooding during storms.

There are two large stormwater pipes currently running next to Countryside Park. They carry runoff from storm sewers through the neighbourhood to Balzer Creek and the Grand River. Countryside Park is a good place to add stormwater facilities to collect and filter runoff. By adding stormwater storage to the neighbourhood, we will:

  • Improve water quality in Balzer Creek and the Grand River;
  • Reduce the risk of flooding;
  • Reduce erosion in Balzer Creek;
  • Improve resilience against climate change; and
  • Enhance community safety.

For more information on this project, please read the project background.

This project was approved by the Ministry of the Environment in 2016 as part of the Integrated Stormwater Management Master Plan (ISWM-MP). If community consultations lead to required project modifications, we will seek to amend the relevant planning tools—in this case, the Class Environmental Assessment, under which the ISWM-MP was completed.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Let us know what's important to you. This survey will take 4-7 minutes to answer. 

    Help us understand how you use Countryside Park so we can integrate new stormwater ponds into the park space. 

    At this point, we are gathering information to help us create preliminary concepts that are more relevant to the community. You will get to consider the design drafts and share your feedback when they are ready later in 2023. 

    This survey closes January 30, 2023.

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