$22.1-Million George Avenue Water Reservoir and Park Unveiled
Mayor Drew Dilkens was joined today by Ward 5 Councillor Ed Sleiman, ENWIN Utilities President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Helga Reidel, and Vice President - Water Operations Garry Rossi to announce the completion of a $22.1-million project to expand Windsor’s potable water storage capacity and fully redevelop George Avenue Park.
The new George Avenue underground reservoir adds 35 megalitres to Windsor’s storage capacity for potable water, ensuring the continued abundant supply of safe and clean drinking water for residents. To add perspective, this amount is equal to 14 Olympic-size swimming pools and is capable of supplying average residential water usage for approximately 150,000 people, or to about 60,000 homes, per day.
This reservoir represents a $20.9 million investment by the Windsor Utilities Commission (WUC), which is operated by ENWIN Utilities, ensuring that Windsor meets or exceeds the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ water storage capacity requirements long into the future. Previously, Windsor had only one basin to store drinking water – a single cell reservoir with a capacity of 70 megalitres located at the Albert H. Weeks Water Treatment Plant. The new George Avenue Reservoir increases Windsor’s drinking water storage capacity by 50 percent and adds the security of a backup reservoir in case of an emergency.
WUC also contributed about $345,000 to the City of Windsor’s $1.2-million full redevelopment of George Avenue Park, a 6.2-acre parkland located on the corner of Wyandotte Street East and George Avenue.
The revitalization of George Avenue Park includes the following additions:
A new nature/wetland-themed playground
610 metres of concrete pathways
Fenced, rubber-surface basketball court
Shelter with two picnic tables
195 new trees
6 new catch basins for drainage improvements
16-spot asphalt parking lot
For more information on George Avenue Park, visit CityWindsor.ca. To learn more about WUC’s new George Avenue Reservoir, visit enwin.com.
“As Windsor experiences unprecedented growth, it is vital we expand and enhance municipal services that maintain the high quality of life that makes our community desirable. That is exactly what the City of Windsor and Windsor Utilities Commission have achieved with the construction of the George Avenue reservoir and park. Together we have given new life to an old park and secured our supply of drinking water to meet the growing needs of our community for many years to come.”
– Mayor Drew Dilkens
“The remarkable transformation of George Avenue Park has certainly made it worth the wait. It looks amazing and offers Ward 5 residents an inclusive and exciting new destination to play, exercise and relax in what is now one of Windsor’s most beautiful green spaces. I commend the City of Windsor and Windsor Utilities Commission for working together to bring this vision of a revitalized park to reality.”
– Ward 5 Councillor Ed Sleiman
“This is a very important moment in the history of our city and the Windsor Utilities Commission as we celebrate the completion of a project designed to ensure our supply of fresh drinking water for many decades to come. WUC is fortunate to partner with the City of Windsor who appreciates the value of a long-term, complex project like this. I am proud that we could build this piece of our future together and look forward to sharing and enjoying the results of the George Avenue reservoir and park for many years to come.”
– Helga Reidel, ENWIN Utilities President and CEO
“Today’s announcement may signify the end of a project, but it celebrates a new beginning for our community. George Avenue Park is now situated on top of a 35-megalitre reservoir that offers Windsor residents a reliable, abundant and safe supply of drinking water long into the foreseeable future.”
– Garry Rossi, ENWIN Utilities Vice President, Water Operations