The City has a lot of work ahead of them over the next few weeks at River Park and the Tatagwa Trails.

The trails have taken a beating in the recent rains. A lot of dirt and debris from the Douglas Heights development has slid down across the trails and into the park.

trails2Work has recently been underway at the Douglas Heights development above the Tatagwa Trails.

Claude Morin, superintendent of public works and parks, said the City has plans to pave that section of trail but will have to come up with a permanent solution to the Douglas Heights run off first.

"The developers have performed some additional work in that area," said Morin. "We're hoping it will rectify the problem. We've taken some steps to mitigate it. I don't think we went far enough."

Morin said their efforts to prevent runoff from Douglas Heights into River Parka and Tatagwa Trails were washed away in the torrential rain showers last week. He said the City has plans to repave the portion of trail below the Douglas Heights development later this summer but they will have to figure out a permanent solution for the runoff before the work can take place.

trails6Trail below unfinished Douglas Heights development.

trails3Dirt, rocks and debris from the development have slid into River Park since the heavy rains.

There's also a washout at another section of trail near the museum that needs repairing. Morin said that section of trail has been barricaded for safety reasons.

As for the memorial set up along the trails' footbridge, Morin said it was approved to be in place for a set period of time and will be removed soon. The family of Megan Kelly received approval to set up the memorial along the bridge after the high school student's suicide this spring.

trailsmemorialMemorial set up for 16-year-old Megan Kelly along the Tatagwa Trails footbridge. Recently added graffiti on the bridge includes "there was never butterflies only fire" and "if you are looking for a reason not to give up, this is it".

trailsmemorial2This graffiti recently appeared under the bridge.


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