Flood threat could be managed with Charlottetown parks
Charlottetown downtown vulnerable to floods in heavy rain
A professor of urban planning from the University of Waterloo has come up with a strategy that will help Charlottetown deal with the effects of climate change.
"You would have ditches that connect the parks and allow the water to float between them," said Khirfan.
"So instead of the water pooling in areas where you don't want it to pool, and heritage becoming more vulnerable, you are actually more managing the water runoff between these four parks."
Already large areas of the downtown flood in heavy rain.
Khirfan said walking paths through the parks could be raised so even when there is a lot of water flowing through the area, the public can still use the space.
Khirfan devised the plan while during a trip to P.E.I. with students in the spring, and presented them at the Building Community Resilience conference in Summerside last week.
The City of Charlottetown has not been presented with the proposal yet, but Khirfan hopes to have the opportunity to do that soon.