Re-visioning of parks with Green Infrastructure:

Green Infrastructure incorporates natural systems and functions within the built environment, it is gaining momentum as an efficient and cost-effective tool for mitigating the negative impacts development has on water management, natural heritage and agricultural systems in our communities and the Greenbelt.

Installing Green Infrastructure in our parks can have the following benefits:

  • Public lands and parks are vital community assets that provide many important services, but additional features can enhance their functionality
  • Natural and engineered features in parks, including trees, constructed wetlands and renaturalized areas, increase wildlife habitat and opportunities for outdoor activity and education
  • Parks can also increase connectivity between other natural heritage features, improving overall ecosystem health and contributing to climate change mitigation by increasing the tree canopy and natural cover

Find out more about each green infrastructure type: 

Permeable PavementSurface treatments suitable for pedestrian or vehicular traffic which allow water to infiltrate into the ground.

Rain garden and bioretentionA planted or ornamental rock-filled depression designed to collect, infltrate, and filter runoff.

Tree Canopy ExpansionTree planting, protection and maintenance increases the total amount of tree canopy, which helps clean air, filter water and provide shade.

XeriscapingGroupings of vegetation with similar needs, in particular native species, to reduce watering requirements.

Find out more:

Resources to DIY: View our list of resources available in your area to help with installation cost.

Help your Community: Read our Green Infrastructure Guide for Small Cities, Towns and Rural Communities.

Read our blog series: Green Infrastructure has the potential to improve water quality, reduce the risk of floods, and ensure our watersheds are more resilient to climate change. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring interviews with municipalities, conservation authorities, and community groups to see how they are address these issues with green infrastructure.

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