Rain Ready Winners Announced!

This week, our midtown Mount Hope neighbourhood played host to the REEP Green Solutions Prize Party for their Rain Ready Neighbourhoods project. You can read more about the REEP Green project here and a great example of rain ready neighbourhoods from Seattle.

A great gathering of 45 people for the prize announcements
A great gathering of 45 people for the prize announcements
A great gathering of 45 people for the prize announcements
A great gathering of 45 people for the prize announcements

They got to the prize announcements right away….

The winners in Mount Hope are:

  • Alexis Motuz – 1st Grand Prize of $10,000 towards a front yard makeover + more
  • Steven Reesor Rempel – $1,500 towards a rain ready front yard project + more
  • Runners-Up – RAIN Coach Consultation valued at $300
    Kyle Chambers, Ramsey Hazineh, Ted and Tracy Martin, Gary McMullin, Wayne Miedema, Carmen McQuillin, Steve Rozon, Connie Thompson
Rain Ready Prize Event at the Park
Alexis Motuz accepts her Grand Prize in the Front Yard Make Over Rain Ready contest!
Rain Ready Community Gardens
Gardeners & Mount Hope neighbours from the the Guelph Street Garden were on hand to share the story of how they built a rain water collection system for the garden.
Rain Ready Prize Party with REEP Green Solutions
Amazing food from CE’s Bakery in the neighbourhood!

After the official events, we hosted a short walking tour to visit the front yards of the two grand prize winners in order to see their “before” state! We also visited the intersection of Dekay St & Shanley to see where stormwater run off from three downhill streets converges in a low area and causes no end of problems for the basements of homeowners at this intersection. The Rain Ready Neighbourhoods project hopes to address these kinds of issues by collecting more water in yards and diverting it before it gets to the streets.

A neighbourhood walking tour to see the "before" yards, a water problem area at Dekay & Shanley Streets, and example of a finished rain garden.
A neighbourhood walking tour to see the “before” yards, a water problem area at Dekay & Shanley Streets, and example of a finished rain garden.
REEP Rain Ready neighbourhoods project
Alexis gives a tour of her front yard – the BEFORE tour!

Once the winners have developed a plan of action with the new RAIN Coach from REEP Green Solutions, there will be work parties so that you can learn from their front yard projects. Please watch for your invitation to participate this fall.

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