Bristol Street Park – removing remaining buried drums

About the project

We’re starting construction to remove the remaining buried drums at Bristol Street Park, located west of the Bristol Street Dog Park at 281 Bristol Street.

Conditions at the site are not expected to pose a health risk to the public. We need to remove some trees to safely access the buried drums. Full restoration of the park is expected to be completed by the end of June 2022.

Tree plantings

The City understands the importance of protecting our tree canopy and will protect as many existing trees as possible. Some trees and shrubs will be removed or trimmed to safely access the buried drums. The Kentucky Coffee trees, which are an at-risk species in Ontario, will be transplanted in the park, and over 100 new trees and shrubs will be planted as well. We conducted an ecological survey of the site and did not identify any concerns for wildlife in the area.

Project timeline

  • Site preparation and shrub/tree removal: April 2022
  • Drum removal and backfill site: April/May 2022
  • Tree planting and park restoration: May/June 2022
  • Project completed: June 2022

Map of construction area


In 2014, the City was upgrading water infrastructure in the area when buried drums were discovered underground. City staff notified Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) and the drums and materials were tested, contained, and removed from the site. Further analysis of the surface soil, air quality and groundwater indicated there was no current risk from the undisturbed drums to residents and the environment. Since then, City staff have been working with specialized remediation professionals to evaluate the site to make sure we could remove the remaining buried drums safely and effectively. We are now returning to the site to complete this work.

We will minimize potential exposure and odours by moving any liquid and/or affected soil into sealed containers and removing the material from the site for safe disposal.

The City is in communication with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, the Ministry of Conservation, Environment and Parks, as well as the Grand River Conservation Authority to ensure the site work is completed safely and minimizes impact to residents and the natural environment.


Residents with questions or concerns about their health can call Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at 1-800-265-7293 extension 4753.

For more information

Kyle VanderMeer
Environmental Engineer
Engineering and Transportation Services
519-822-1260 extension 3892
[email protected]