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PROLOGUE

02/	PARDON ME, IS ANYONE
	
USING THAT BULLDOZER?
RYAN WAKSHINSKI
BETWEEN 1962 AND 1968, construction of the
Red River Floodway in Manitoba represented
the second largest earth-moving project in
the world, after the Panama Canal. Some 76.5
million cubic metres of earth were moved to
create this " ditch " that diverts floodwaters
around the city of Winnipeg and saves it from
disastrous inundations that the province
experiences on a regular basis. An additional
21 million cubic metres were moved in the
2005-2010 expansion, following the 1997 Flood
of the Century, increasing the capacity to handle
a 1 in 700-year flood.
The floodway was a project championed by
Dufferin " Duff " Roblin, the 14th Premier of
Manitoba. Although he did not consider it to
be his greatest accomplishment in a long and
distinguished career in politics, " Duff's Ditch, "
as it came to be known, is definitely his most
famous achievement. A park honouring Duff
was established in the early 2000s, but only
recently was sufficient funding available for
the construction of park visitor facilities.
Development includes an observation platform
accessed via a wheelchair accessible ramp,
parking, planting, site furniture and interpretive
signage, adjacent to the gates that hold back
the waters of the Red River and channel them
into the floodway.

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Most of the earth for the floodway was moved
by a tractor/scraper combination and by the
humble, but effective, bulldozer. There is an
iconic photo of Duff Roblin with his son on
a bulldozer at the start of construction. Our
Manitoba Parks design team hoped to give
visitors a chance to recreate the image (in
this, the selfie generation) by incorporating a
decommissioned dozer as a " static sculpture " or
folly on the site. But where does one find an old
bulldozer?
Turns out the Caterpillar D-Series are rarely
decommissioned as they are so well built and
sturdy they just keep on running. However, on
a trip to northern Manitoba for another project,
we noticed a '64 Cat sitting in the long grass
and weeds of the Paint Lake maintenance yard.
" Is anyone using that bulldozer? " I asked our
Park District Manager Linda Horner, who told
us it had been there " forever " and was surplus.
It was an opportunity not to be missed, and
it turned out that with a battery and some
diesel, it still ran! We were able to drive it up
onto a flatbed and have it shipped to Winnipeg
for a few thousand dollars, and park it on site
adjacent to the viewing platform ramp.
To make the dozer safer for climbing, we
contacted Rhino Linings of Winnipeg to retrofit
it by removing all the gas, oil, wiring, glass and
sharp/dangerous edges and putting in a floor
and seat. This was followed by sandblasting
and a liberal coating of truck bed liner paint in
eye-popping, high-vis yellow to make it more
" grippy " and contrast with the rusty red of the
corten steel ramp walls. Along the way, several
contractors and workers were amazed that we

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were taking this machine out of commission,
but it was not helping anyone rotting up at
Paint Lake, and the price was definitely right,
compared to what we might pay to have a
playground company fabricate something new.
When the park had a " virtual " opening (thanks,
COVID-19!) on October 22, 2020, the dozer
featured prominently in photos and video
footage, and my nieces and nephew had a great
time climbing all over it when we visited that
weekend. I think Duff would approve!
See the opening video tweet from Sarah
Guillemard, Manitoba Minister of Conservation
and Climate, at https://twitter.com/
MinSGuillemard/status/
1319308678311260161?s=20.

Ryan Wakshinski, MALA, CSLA, is a Winnipegbased landscape architect, working for Manitoba
Conservation & Climate, Parks and Protected
Spaces Branch, as part of a multi-disciplinary team
responsible for a $10-million dollar annual capital
project program, including all facets of design,
development and construction.
1 DUFF WITH SON ON DOZER
2 DOZER AND SIGNS 3 KIDS ON DOZER
PHOTOS 1 COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA
ARCHIVES 2,3 RYAN WAKSHINSKI

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https://www.twitter.com/MinSGuillemard/status/1319308678311260161?s=20 https://www.twitter.com/MinSGuillemard/status/1319308678311260161?s=20

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TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
OUR WRITERS | NOS RÉDACTEURS
PROLOGUE
TECHNOLOGY AND THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE
VIRTUALIZATION OF THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN PROCESS
LE PAYSAGE VIRTUEL COMME OUTIL DE TRAVAIL
DATA-DRIVEN ZONING CODES FOR CLIMATE ACTION
3D FAX MACHINES
LA TECHNOLOGIE À LA RESCOUSSE DE LA SENSIBILITÉ
CRITIQUE
INTERVIEW
FORUM
THE PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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