Plenty Of Parks Work Coming

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Plenty Of Parks Work Coming

With Council approving a pair of requests for additional funding for the Parks Department, the work is now underway to determine the best course of action, especially in light of two destination parks. The first is Cottonwood Island Park.
“The major concern there is the erosion of the north side of the island over the years,” says Sean LeBrun, Manager of Parks and Solid Waste Services. “Depending on the water levels, we are losing parts of the island every year. For us, the main issue is how do we stop that and, if we choose to stop it, what is that going cost us?”
The traditional way of dealing with bank erosion is rip rap. But the City will have to figure out the logistics of getting those large rocks to where they are needed. Will the existing service bridge at the canoe launch be sufficient? Or will the City have to look at other options?
The Nechako ice jam in 2008 also did significant damage by destroying several bridges leading on and off the island. That leaves only the service bridge and the replica Cameron Street bridge.
Council has also approved $50,000 to look at ways to deal with erosion along the Heritage River Trail system, especially between the Cameron Street Bridge and into Cottonwood Island Park. And that is fast becoming a safety concern.
“With erosion, you’re never sure how far the water is under the bank and there’s always the possibility that bank would give away. We definitely cognizant of that.”
$550,000 has been earmarked in the 2018 budget for that work.
Other considerations for this year is $250,000 for new trails and paths, and $70,000 to plan for a new park at directly next to the northeast of the Foothills Bridge.

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