|Our Environment: Issue 23 Winter 2000|
Solution to stormwater problems
A major revamp of the western end of Kyle Park has solved drainage problems and created a new BMX track.
Stormwater from the Hornby-Hei Hei area now runs into a landscaped pond on the old BMX track site. The pond is sealed with a plastic liner under its gravel base. Incoming stormwater is then pumped to three shallow basins in Denton Park where it slowly trickles through sub-surface gravels.
The new pond was built on the former BMX track to reduce excavation costs and to preserve large trees that are an attractive feature of the park. Rushes and wetland grasses have been planted around the gently sloping sides of the pond while a beach on the eastern side allows access.
The track was relocated to a more barren area toward the centre of Kyle Park where it is being landscaped to create an attractive club venue and recreation facility.
Before the redevelopment, stormwater was discharged straight on to the western end of the park where it soaked through rubbish under the park. Originally a shingle pit, this section of the park was used as a tip until 1972.
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