St George Rainway

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Traffic Circle at St George Street and 7th Avenue

We want to hear your ideas for a proposed rainway along St George Street north of Broadway.

The St George Rainway will deliver core utility services to manage rainwater in the neighbourhood. Using a series of Green Rainwater Infrastructure practices along St George Street is a cost-effective tool to:

  • Reduce flooding
  • Treat pollutants from roadways
  • Reduce combined sewer overflows into local waterways
  • Enhance climate resiliency
  • Increase biodiversity

St George Street was once home to te Statlew, also known as St George Creek. In the early 1900s, this historic creek was buried underground to make way for roads and houses. The

We want to hear your ideas for a proposed rainway along St George Street north of Broadway.

The St George Rainway will deliver core utility services to manage rainwater in the neighbourhood. Using a series of Green Rainwater Infrastructure practices along St George Street is a cost-effective tool to:

  • Reduce flooding
  • Treat pollutants from roadways
  • Reduce combined sewer overflows into local waterways
  • Enhance climate resiliency
  • Increase biodiversity

St George Street was once home to te Statlew, also known as St George Creek. In the early 1900s, this historic creek was buried underground to make way for roads and houses. The St George Rainway aims to reimagine this historic waterway through implementing green rainwater infrastructure features that capture and clean rainwater from local streets and sidewalks.

Daylighting, which is a process of bringing a buried creek back to the surface, is not being considered for this project. St George Creek has been buried too deep below ground to make this option feasible. However, there are opportunities to acknowledge the importance and location of the creek through the creation of a unique rainway corridor.

Project history

The St George Rainway was first envisioned by a group of community volunteers that includes local residents, students, storytellers, designers, educators, business people, artists, and many others. The group has been working together with community partners and stakeholders since 2008 to envision the Rainway concept and create opportunities for artistic expression, education activities, and community gathering.

The St George Rainway project was also included in the 2013 Mount Pleasant Community Plan Implementation Documents as a future walking and cycling corridor that extends from Great Northern Way Campus to Kingsway, one that demonstrates rainwater collection within a major street corridor, addressing water quantity as well as water quality.

How can you get involved?

We are now looking to further the vision and implement the Rainway project in consultation with the local community.

The development of a Rainway will require some trade-offs. To create space for the Rainway, some road space that is currently used for parking and/or travel will need to be repurposed.

The Rainway has potential to not only provide essential rainwater management services, but also create a unique blue-green corridor that provides enhanced public space, street improvements, and more greenery and biodiversity to the neighbourhood.

If you live, work, or play near St George Street north of Broadway, we want to hear from you.

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St George Rainway community mapping

about 2 months

Use this map to tell us what makes your neighbourhood unique. Share pictures and stories of:

  • Biodiversity: What kind of birds, insects, and animals do you often see in your neighbourhood? We will use this information to help us decide what plants to use in the rainway to enhance biodiveristy
  • Water ponding: Are there places in the neighbourhood where water tends to pond or pool?  Tell us where.
  • Special places: What are some of the special things about your neighbourhood?  
  • Opportunities: What ideas do you have for improvements to St George Street?

Use this map to tell us what makes your neighbourhood unique. Share pictures and stories of:

  • Biodiversity: What kind of birds, insects, and animals do you often see in your neighbourhood? We will use this information to help us decide what plants to use in the rainway to enhance biodiveristy
  • Water ponding: Are there places in the neighbourhood where water tends to pond or pool?  Tell us where.
  • Special places: What are some of the special things about your neighbourhood?  
  • Opportunities: What ideas do you have for improvements to St George Street?