Rainwater for Resilience Community Hub Demonstration Program - Apply Now
When it comes to resilience, the typical lawn isn’t very impressive. But what is?
Shallow-rooted turf that is dependent on chemicals, watered with drinking water, and mown on a regular basis is accepted practice, but has a host of downsides.
The Community Hub program is geared to demonstrating resilient landscaping options and educating residents about them, while improving the public gathering places where the hubs are built.
Whether the future is wetter or drier, colder or warmer, our landscaping choices can be adjusted to contribute in a significant way to the resilience of our cities.
From deep-rooted and native plants that don’t need extra water or chemicals, to rain gardens that attenuate flooding and drought--with an eye on low-maintenance techniques, we can re-imagine our towns and cities to have landscapes that provide numerous ecological goods and services.
Supporting pollinators, cooling and cleansing runoff, improving air quality, providing habitat and habitat corridors, and greening for human well-being--these are just some of the additional benefits our landscapes can deliver.
Ten demonstration sites in each of Calgary and Edmonton will be built in 2020. There are six demonstration elements, including rain gardens, native perennials and shrubs, ornamental grasses, groundcovers, and alternative turfs. Read more about the program elements. All of the elements must be installed on each site, but not necessarily in the same configuration or proportion. There must be a building or other type of hard-surfaced area to contribute concentrated flow to the rain gardens. Plant identification and interpretive signage will be installed, and a follow-up workshop for residents will provide guidance on opportunities for implementation at home. Beautify your community space while making it more functional at the same time!
The program was originally envisaged to be built on the grounds of Community Associations (Calgary) and Community Leagues (Edmonton), but any high-visibility public gathering space with a building is eligible, as long as practices that you might do at home can be demonstrated. The biggest disqualifier is a building where roof runoff is diverted directly into the storm sewer, rather than discharging onto the ground. The main building doesn’t have to be used for the rain garden demo, it could be an outbuilding. Other than that, bring us your ideas! Yes, we can piggy-back on a project already in planning.
Design and site preparation, plants, soil, mulch, signage, and planting oversight for the planting event will be provided. The community is responsible to gain community buy-in for the project, to provide volunteers and hospitality/refreshments for a planting event, and subsequently water and maintain the site and provide any other care needed. The ALIDP will prepare and deliver a follow-up workshop in select communities. Selected communities will be asked to provide meeting space and refreshments for a workshop, by mutual agreement. The value of funding is estimated to be $27,800 per site.
This program is a project of the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership, funded by the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program of Alberta Environment and Parks.