Victoria Park Rain Garden Project BlueScaping for a better world

What is BlueScaping?

BlueScaping is landscaping for stormwater to reduce lotlevel runoff, and improve the quality of the water reaching surface waters from built-up areas. In cooperation with the City of Kawartha Lakes, a spot in the northwest corner of Victoria Park next to the armoury was selected as a site in which to install a BlueScaping feature. A combination of a small rock garden to reduce erosion and a rain garden is the most appropriate feature for this location.

The Problem

Rain from the Armoury roof and hard parking lot surface pools in low lying areas of Victoria Park.

The Plan

This BlueScaping demonstration site is a rain garden designed to infiltrate and treat storm water runoff which flows from the Armoury roof, and the parking lot. It includes three sections: a rocky inlet, a woodland garden and a tallgrass prairie garden. Both garden treatments will be planted with native grasses and perennial wildflowers that would be Rain gardens are not only beautiful and creative, they are also functional. By planting a rain garden, you can help maintain the natural water cycle while protecting local rivers, lakes, fish and drinking water sources.

In Progress

Lily, Connor and Kelly, three members of the Kawartha Conservation Stewardship staff plant native plants, grasses and trees as part of the new Victoria Park BlueScaping Rain Garden.

Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark

Our newly introduced BlueScaping program is all about landscaping urban areas to manage stormwater on site. As a part of the program, we offer free workshops where you can learn more about how to improve the function and appeal of your property, and enhance the qualities of your local watershed at the same time.

To learn more about the BlueScaping program, contact Holly Shipcklark, Stewardship Coordinator, at 705.328.2271 ext. 240 or email

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