Notice of Tree Clearing/Removing Activities

The City of Kitchener is committed to improving the health of Kitchener creeks and making creeks more resilient to storms and flooding. To achieve this, we are moving forward with restoration work at Montgomery Creek. The construction work will start in late March 2022. The purpose of the work is to stabilize the creek and improve the aquatic and terrestrial habitat. A new seating area close to the watercourse will be part of the creek work. These changes will improve water quality, create habitat for fish, birds and animals, and will provide a space for quiet enjoyment of the creek. Restoring Montgomery Creek will also improve the Grand River's water quality downstream.

Tree clearing along parts of the creek is needed to prepare for the creek restoration. Removal of trees will happen only in the green space along Montgomery Creek. The white rectangle in the image below shows the tree clearing area beside the creek, which runs parallel to Shelley Drive. Many trees will need to be removed, though we will keep as many mature trees as possible. We will remove these trees before bird and bat breeding season to avoid any negative effects on wildlife. When the creek restoration is complete, we will follow a plan to restore the natural setting around the creek.

Map showing the tree clearing area beside the creek, which runs parallel to Shelley Drive.

Starting late March 2022, we will close a section of trail along Montgomery Creek because of construction vehicle access. Other trail routes may close throughout the construction period. We will post signage as this work begins. Once trees are cleared, construction activities will pause. Construction will begin again when creek restoration work starts on or about the middle of May 2022. Before this time, we will invite residents to take part in a public information session with the design team and City staff. The information session will be held a few weeks before construction starts.

The Montgomery Creek restoration work aligns with the recommended solutions that City staff presented in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Schedule B EA) for Montgomery Creek in the Integrated Stormwater Master Plan (ISWM-MP) 2016.

We understand that these changes and temporary loss of trail access may not be easy. By working together, these improvements in creek health and to the park space will have a long-term positive effect on the neighbourhood.

For more information

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To learn about the seating area and other neighbourhood park improvements, please visit: Connecting the Wilson, Vanier and Traynor Park Network

If you have questions about this project, please use the 'Ask a Question' tab or reach out to these key contacts:

Mohammad H. Rahman, M.A.Sc., PMP, P.Eng.

Project Manager, Design & Construction

Stormwater & Sanitary Utilities

City of Kitchener

131 Goodrich Dr. Kitchener, ON, N2C 1J3

519-741-2600 x4780

TTY: 1 866 969-9994

Samantha Brickman, C.E.T

Supervisor, Capital Programs

Stormwater & Sanitary Utilities

City of Kitchener

131 Goodrich Dr. Kitchener, ON, N2C 1J3

519-741-2200 x7818

TTY: 1-866-969-9994

Heather Amirault, P.Eng.

Consultant Project Manager

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

100-300 Hagey Blvd, Waterloo, ON, N2L 0A


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