The Kinsmen Participark in Beban Park will close next week to allow city workers to remove dangerous trees and invasive plant species. The work is the start of an improvement project, with signs and fitness stations being replaced in the spring. (Chris Bush / News Bulletin)
The Nanaimo Fitness Park is closing to remove dangerous trees and invasive plants
Felling of trees begins at Kinsmen Participark in Beban Park as part of an improvement project
Dangerous trees and invasive plants are being removed from the Kinsmen Participark in Beban Park.
According to a press release from the city of Nanaimo, work will begin on Monday January 18 to improve the health of the forest ecosystem and improve the park's usability by removing dangerous trees and invasive plant species. The replanting takes place in spring.
The project is a precursor to other planned improvements to the park that include new educational signs and the replacement of old training stations with a new training station circuit.
The park will be closed while tree removal work will take place January 18-22.
"Coupled with future replanting, the tree work planned for the Participark will … protect and enhance the precious forest ecosystem we can have in the heart of the city," said Charlotte Davis, city park operations manager, in the press release. "This work is the first step in an exciting plan to improve the user experience at this park."
The 9.3 hectare forest is more than 60 years old and has a second growth stand consisting of Douglas fir, western red cedar, bank pine and strawberry tree.
More information can be found here.
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