Residents interested in the future of one of Prince George’s most popular parks and trail systems are invited to an information session this Thursday in the Keith Gordon Room at the Prince George Public Library.
City staff are hosting an open house on Thursday, November 23 from 5-8 p.m. about upcoming engineering operations at Cottonwood Island Nature Park and a portion of the Heritage River Trail that runs from the Park to the Cameron Street Bridge. The work is expected to help to mitigate and prevent further damage to the Park and the trails caused by erosion from seasonal flooding and ice jams.
DWB Consulting Services (DWB) has been retained by the city to explore and identify preferred options for the provision and protection of the riverfront and trail system and a portion of the multi-use trails in the Park. The company will be making a presentation at the open house at 6 p.m.
“The riverfront trail system was analyzed by DWB with a recommended option selected for each section of trail depending upon the severity of the erosion, the feasibility of the operation, and the most suitable solution over the long-term,” said project manager Michael le Morvan, in a press release. “Each of the options differs in their overall cost and impact to the Nechako riverside habitat. We are excited to be able to share these options with residents who love this unique part of Prince George.”
The City of Prince George will later present this information to council for consideration as a multi-year project. A feedback form for residents is available at the Public Library or online on the City website with a deadline for feedback of December 8, 2017.
Other Cottonwood operations
Trail rehabilitation activities were recently completed at Cottonwood Island Nature Park to mitigate some of the effects of flooding in low-lying areas of the Park. Contracted crews graded and edged roughly 300 metres of the trail using gravel and crushed rock. The project was the most extensive trail rehabilitation operation of the year.
Construction continues to replace a park bridge washed away during the ice jam in the winter of 2007/2008. The project is expected to be completed by the spring of 2018.