Hazardous trees and invasive plants are about to be removed from Kinsmen Participark, located in Beban Park.
According to a City of Nanaimo press release, the work will start Monday, Jan. 18, to enhance the health of the forest ecosystem and improve usability of the park by removing hazardous trees and invasive plant species. Replanting will follow in the spring.
The project is a precursor to further planned improvements to the park that will include new educational interpretive signs and replacement of old workout stations with a new workout station circuit.
The park will be closed while the tree removal work is carried out Jan. 18-22.
“Coupled with future replanting, the tree work planned for the Participark … will protect and enhance the valuable forest ecosystem which we are fortunate to have in the heart of the city,” said Charlotte Davis, city parks operations manager, in the press release. “This work is the first step in an exciting plan to improve the user experience of this park.”
The 9.3-hectare forest is more than 60 years old and is a second growth stand of Douglas fir, western red cedar, shore pine and arbutus.
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