Project: Garrow Park
Location: Garrow Road, Kenora, ON
Kenora was host to one of the biggest events of the 2017 Canada Summer Games – the Rowing Event, and the city was tasked with creating a new functional space along the hillside bank of Garrow Park. Key was to provide a retaining wall that will improve the hillside aesthetic, provide crowd seating for the event as well as deal with soil erosion that has plagued the shoreline.
Design Inspiration and Use of Barkman Product:
With high speed installation and long maintenance-free life, DuraHold was a solid choice for this project. It is an immense system (0.55m² [6ft²]/unit) that is ideal for a demanding and complex project like this. This wall has an integrated tongue for maximum block shear strength, 5000 psi compressive strength for superior durability, interlocking groove for an easy install along with a smooth finish and false joints that are ideal for reducing friction in water applications.
Part of the project involved Barkman custom-fitting certain pieces to accommodate the unique design elements involved in allowing the wall to curve along the bank’s natural grade changes. Throughout the whole project, continuous consultation was done with Barkman, the landscape architects and the contractor to ensure that the project was completed in time for the Summer Games rowing event.