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​​Victoria Woods Parking Lot Retrofit

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Project DescriptionA construction site with workers digging the hole for the bioretention garden

In partnership with The City of Barrie we implemented low impact development at the Victoria Woods parking lot. The previously impervious, hard-packed gravel has now been resurfaced and runoff is redirected from the new asphalt surface into a bioretention swale. 

The bioretention swale will filter up to 42 cubic metres of stormwater during a major storm event, while also reducing phosphorus by 0.5 kilograms per year. 

What is a bioretention swale? 

Bioretention is a low impact development technique that provides storage, treatment, infiltration and routing of surface water runoff in a landscaped area. Bioretention features mimic natural processes by absorbing water and filtering pollutants, directing water back into the ground or overland to appropriate outlets.