About the project
The park is a 5.2-hectare (12.9-acre) open space along the eastern shore of the Rideau River. The site was historically used as a landfill.
Following an environmental soil sampling at the end of 2018, which identified higher than federally acceptable levels of lead at the soil surface, the NCC had to close the site to the public, and prepare for remediation and capping.
Over the summer, the NCC completed the design work and tendering to proceed with the project. The NCC’s objectives are to safely restore the park, while minimizing the impact on existing trees.
Some areas will be capped and other areas, primarily those near the pathways, will be excavated using a hydro-vac technique, and then capped. This technique focuses the soil removal and limits dust exposure. Disposal of the contaminated soil will be completed according to specific procedures that meet the applicable provincial laws.
Kingsview Park Project: More information
May to Spring 2020: Phase 2
Phase 2 includes the following:
- May 2019: Sections of Kingsview Park have been fenced to prevent access to contaminated soil.
- End of September 2019: Remediation, cleaning and capping work is scheduled to start the week of September 30. Remediation work will ensure that the site, as it is currently used, will be safe from a public health and safety perspective.
- November 2019 to May 2020: The landscaping and seeding work will be completed by the spring of 2020.
- The shoreline pathway and pathways connecting to it will remain open as part of this work, as will adjacent streets.
Completed Shoreline Work: Phase 1
In 2016, a soil remediation and slope stabilization project was completed on the Rideau River shoreline in Kingsview Park to preserve the shoreline integrity. The work included capping contaminated soil and preserving existing vegetation.