The Niakwa Trail Rain Garden is a 450 m2 garden that runs alongside the parking lot of the adjacent grocery store. The parking lot previously drained into the Seine River through an underground pipe, which emptied into the waterway.
The Rain Garden was designed by HTFC Planning and Design with input from the Manitoba Eco-Network and Save Our Seine. The design allows the site to temporarily capture runoff, encouraging water to absorb into the ground and be filtered through the soil and the plants.
In the fall of 2015, 60 volunteers came together to plant over 600 native plants at the site. In addition to cleaning the water that runs off the parking lot, the Rain Garden contains plant species that provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.