Montgomery Creek Restoration

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This project is now complete and the creek is restored. For more information about stormwater initiatives, please visit kitchener.ca/stormwater 

Our 2016 integrated stormwater master plan includes guidelines and policies that dictate how we are going to manage stormwater over the next 15 years. We developed this plan in close consultation with the community. The plan recommends redesigning Montgomery Creek to restore the natural flow of the creek and prevent and reduce erosion.

More recently, we engaged residents again to envision improvements to Wilson Park. Our final design includes a bridge (Vanier Drive), a pedestrian bridge, and naturalizing areas of Montgomery Creek. In response to your feedback, this project now also includes natural community spaces along the creek. We will reforest the banks of the creek and create walking trails, lookout areas and picnic areas. This will give pedestrians access to the creek and create a social gathering space at the water.

For more information about how you may be affected by this project, please review the FAQ section. To get email updates, subscribe by using the Subscribe button.

If you are interested in learning about the seating area and other neighbourhood park improvements, please visit: Connecting the Wilson, Vanier and Traynor Park Network.

The Montgomery Creek restoration project is funded in part by the Government of Canada. For more information about this partnership between the City of Kitchener and the Government of Canada through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, visit kitchener.ca/Stormwater.


Be Rain Smart!


The City of Kitchener has partnered with Reep Green Solutions to help you make changes to your landscape that will beautify your yard and reduce runoff to Montgomery Creek. When we work together to slow rain down and soak it up in our parks and in our yards, we can improve the health of our local waterways and reduce community flood risk. To learn more and to see if you qualify for a free, on-site consultation with a landscape designer, visit Reep's Rain Smart Neighbourhoods.


Our 2016 integrated stormwater master plan includes guidelines and policies that dictate how we are going to manage stormwater over the next 15 years. We developed this plan in close consultation with the community. The plan recommends redesigning Montgomery Creek to restore the natural flow of the creek and prevent and reduce erosion.

More recently, we engaged residents again to envision improvements to Wilson Park. Our final design includes a bridge (Vanier Drive), a pedestrian bridge, and naturalizing areas of Montgomery Creek. In response to your feedback, this project now also includes natural community spaces along the creek. We will reforest the banks of the creek and create walking trails, lookout areas and picnic areas. This will give pedestrians access to the creek and create a social gathering space at the water.

For more information about how you may be affected by this project, please review the FAQ section. To get email updates, subscribe by using the Subscribe button.

If you are interested in learning about the seating area and other neighbourhood park improvements, please visit: Connecting the Wilson, Vanier and Traynor Park Network.

The Montgomery Creek restoration project is funded in part by the Government of Canada. For more information about this partnership between the City of Kitchener and the Government of Canada through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, visit kitchener.ca/Stormwater.


Be Rain Smart!


The City of Kitchener has partnered with Reep Green Solutions to help you make changes to your landscape that will beautify your yard and reduce runoff to Montgomery Creek. When we work together to slow rain down and soak it up in our parks and in our yards, we can improve the health of our local waterways and reduce community flood risk. To learn more and to see if you qualify for a free, on-site consultation with a landscape designer, visit Reep's Rain Smart Neighbourhoods.


This project is now complete and the creek is restored. For more information about stormwater initiatives, please visit kitchener.ca/stormwater 

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    I appreciated last night's gathering. Will the presentation and other materials from last night be made available? I'd like to be able to share them, make sure my info is right, etc. Thanks!

    JoelSteiner asked over 1 year ago

    We're glad you could join us, Joel. Yes, we will share the presentation and other materials. We hope to have them posted on this site early next week. 

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    Why are you re-building/ moving a pedestrian bridge so far over that now it won't line up to the EXISITING pathway across the road on Shelley? Bad enough you took the trees, I think with the proper consultation some of them could have been saved. If your going to ruin one end of the park why didn't you finishing removing the scrub bush from the bridge to the far end near Connaught?

    macduff asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your questions. We chose the new bridge location because this location offered the soil conditions necessary to provide a stable bank for the bridge. We wanted the distance of routes over the bridge to be as similar as possible to the distance pedestrians have been used to.

    We hear your concern about the loss of trees. We saved as many trees as possible and followed the City of Kitchener’s Tree Management Policy and Tree Conservation Bylaw. We also followed the requirements set out by provincial and federal Ministries. Restoring the creek requires widening the creek floodplain and a new meandering shape. To widen the creek, we will need to regrade the surrounding landscape. The regrading of land around these trees would have killed many of them. In times of high volume, the wider creek waters would also have put trees at great risk.

    Near the Wilson Avenue bridge, we removed the scrub bush in the excavation buffer area we needed for the project. We are using that area to stockpile the trees that were cut down. The far end of the creek at Connaught Street is not in the project area.