The City of Toronto is carrying out waterproofing and structure rehabilitation work on the Richview Reservoir at Richview Park. These necessary upgrades will help to ensure the structural integrity of the reservoir, extend its service life and bring the reservoir to a state of good repair. This work is expected to be completed in December 2024.
A portion of the west parking lot and the entire south parking lot will be closed for the duration of the project.
There are two large basins that store drinking water in this reservoir, a North and South basin. Each basin will be rehabilitated separately and will include work both inside the basin and on the basin’s exterior. While one basin is being rehabilitated, the other basin will continue operating. The following key activities will take place during the rehabilitation:
Upgrades and repairs to additional reservoir facilities such as the pumping station, valve house, storm water sewer, underground chambers, electrical and mechanical upgrades for new valves and new standby generator will be done. The underground drain around the northern perimeter of the North basin will be rehabilitated as well.
Site restoration, such as laying soil and grass, installing park fixtures and planting trees, is weather dependent and expected to take 6 months after the reservoir rehabilitation is completed.
Work hours follow City bylaw and will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Weekend or evening work may be required to stay on schedule; the City will provide advance notice by email through the project mailing list. Work to rehabilitate the exterior of the reservoir is dependent on weather, especially for activities on the waterproofing membrane and repairing any cracks or damage.
Similar to other reservoir rehabilitation projects, the schedule will be closely followed in order to determine if additional work hours are required in order to recoup any time lost due to weather and stay on track to complete the project in December 2024.
Public access to the remaining park space not affected by construction can be accessed by the nearby streets. Parks will continue to issue permits for the remaining soccer fields.
Approximately 387 trees are required to be removed from the active work zone, on top of the reservoir basin and the slopes. About 18 trees will be monitored for minimal injury and 34 trees will have Tree Protection Zones.
About 95 trees and 355 shrubs will be replanted once work on the basins is completed. No new trees will be replanted on top or on the slopes of the reservoir in order to prevent tree roots from potentially impacting the waterproofing membrane.
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