There are piles of dirt at the base of Abes Hill near the Steinbach dog park.
The Head of Steinbach Parks and Recreation for the City of Steinbach, Russ Dyck, explains this is because they are installing a new drainage swale to divert some of the water that normally drains out of the park past the dog park.
“Just so we're not sending all the water from the park through the dog park. Hoping to keep that a little bit a little bit drier. It's a very busy dog park and so forth, so it gets trampled quite a bit, so with all the additional water coming through, it's not ideal for the condition of the grass in there.”
Currently, the swale comes up to the basketball courts, and then runs West.
“With the new swale, we installed the new culvert underneath the pathway that's right next to the creek, and we'll be removing the small culvert that's currently underneath the path between the dog park and the basketball courts, because that's no longer needed, we're diverting the water West from there.”
Dyck says the localized drainage in the dog park will be flowing where it always did, but the additional water from the park will be diverted away from the dog park in hopes to keep the dog park a little more dry.
The City’s plan is to remove the hills of dirt within the next week or so, they are just waiting for a little bit of frost to firm up the ground a bit.
“Then come springtime, early summer, we'll be putting grass down and that swale just to finish it up.”
With files from Adi Loewen
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