Cottonwood Island Repairs Under Review
Prince George, B.C.- The assessment of work needed to repair damage that occurred at Cottonwood Island Park last year is underway.
“We have IFS (Industrial Forestry Service) doing a number of field work projects for us.” says City Parks Manager Sean LeBrun “They’re surveying bridges, surveying erosion control locations, testing the bank conditions, assessing the existing culverts that are on the Island to see what’s still effective, what’s not working, which ones need to be replaced. They’re also assessing danger trees close to the trails and gps-ing some potential new trails so we can reconnect the loop along the island.”
LeBrun says they are also looking at an alternate exit point on the west end of the island where a bridge was washed out.
Once the report is in, work will be begin on Cottonwood Island “not so much along the bank but reconstructing some of the trails, and doing some of the work that we can do right away.”
Some of the work that can be done right away includes maintenance on the trail that runs through the centre of the park “We know the trail through the middle is pretty solid and in decent condition, it just needs some rehab because its been several years since any work has been done there. We’re just talking about putting down some new granular material and working out on clearing back from the trail and building it up so it’s less susceptible to flooding and being washed out.”
LeBrun says the report will present some options on how to protect the river bank from further erosion “So what we’re anticipating is we’ll have a pretty good snapshot of how to move forward on how to protect Cottonwood Island, also, people want to be on the river, they don’t want to be in the middle of the island, the whole point is to be along the water.” How that might be achieved remains to be seen says LeBrun, “It could be a boardwalk, it could be elevated.”
He hopes the final report, including dollar estimates, will be ready by the end of this month, and then the focus will be on how to secure the capital funding to do some of the larger projects that will be needed.