It's back to business as usual at the dog park.
Engineering company WSP started work in the park on Mar.20 installing monitoring wells for a groundwater study. The dog park closed an hour earlier each night while the drilling and installation were underway. WSP finished the work on Thursday (Mar.22).
The installed wells will collect data on how the ponds at West River's Edge capture water and release it into the environment. The city will use this information to make decisions about handling increased runoff from Windsor Pointe and the rest of Westpark.
"They're trying to understand how the ponds release water to the surrounding area, to the North Saskatchewan river, just seeing how it fluctuates with various weather events, whether it be rain in the spring, snow melt, those sorts of things," said Mike Stasiuk, engineering coordinator with the City of Fort Saskatchewan. "It's to better understand how the ponds release and contain the water as they're planning to do some releases from the neighborhood into those pond areas."
The wells will be on-site for one to two years.
Dog park users will notice some large orange markers at West River's Edge but can use the park as normal. Regular operating hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. are in effect.