Cottonwood Trail rehabilitation work underway

Trails at Cottonwood Island Nature Park are being revitalized to extend the hiking season and mitigate the effects of flooding in low-lying areas of the park. High river levels from this spring’s freshet have eroded some of the Park’s lower-lying trails.

The city completed trail rehabilitation activities on roughly 300 metres of trails at Cottonwood Island Nature Park in 2017. This year, 240 metres of additional trails will be revitalized at the Park and the walkway railings at the new Cottonwood Island bridge will also be extended.

The city has contracted crews for the following projects:

  • Trails near the new bridge to Cottonwood Island are being leveled and raised by three feet. Contracted crews have started work and are anticipated to complete the trail upgrades by the end of July.
  • The trail section across the bridge by the canoe launch will be leveled and raised by a foot. In addition, new extended culverts will be installed to reduce the effects of flooding season. Work is scheduled to start in the fall.

Refer to the map to plan hikes and view locations of closed trail sections at Cottonwood Island Nature Park. The Park’s other trails will remain open.