The Cultus Lake Park community, along with the Environmental and Public Areas Planning Committee, has been busy! We’re talking super-duper, amazing things are happening busy. (Not sitting on the deck, watching the sun setting over Cultus Lake busy… although, that sounds pretty good!) This volunteer committee is led by Commissioner Darcy Bauer (Chair) and Commissioner Larry Payeur (Vice-Chair).
Visitors and residents may have noticed some great things happening around Cultus Lake Park. One of the incredible improvements has been the work towards the restoration of green space on Fir Lane. The Committee wanted to improve the look on Fir Lane and create a useable space for the people who live in the Park. In addition, this restoration of green space is a noise buffer. It gives the residents who live there a little bit of a buffer between their homes and the more public areas of the Park.
With this project, the residents wanted to create a small forest for walking and bird watching, a place for kids to play, and an area to explore nature. This effort is also intended to improve the health of the existing trees and shrubs.
The residents put in a huge amount of effort on this and it shows. They removed truckloads of dead branches, debris and some garbage. They took on the removal and cutting back of invasive plants like blackberries and ivy, and they planted 250 native trees and understory plants. They also spread yards and yards of bark mulch. To pull all of this together, they created pathways and connected all of the elements in the area. It’s pretty safe to say that it looks fantastic!
This type of beautification really does take a community. The workforce was made up of committee members and included Fir Lane residents and other Cultus Lake Park residents who were keen to improve the area. Cultus Lake Park staff provided tools, moved heavy pieces of wood and debris, and placed rock. The bark mulch was generously donated by Brian Dyck. Jeff Bahnman of Cultus Lake Golf Club donated his time and the equipment for building the path. A special thank you goes out to resident Ralph Caravetta for his daily work at Fir Lane and for his financial donation. Money was raised by residents to purchase additional trees beyond those that were paid for by Cultus Lake Park. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who made this project such a success!
In the true nature of the Cultus Lake Park community – the Committee and volunteers created a positive, family-friendly environment to get the work done. There was lots of work, laughter, food and beverages. It was a real group effort. The space is now being used daily by kids having fun and residents taking a moment out of their busy day to enjoy this peaceful spot. Residents have taken on the watering of the area to keep this great space healthy and green!
We are fortunate to live in a community that comes together so well to accomplish so much!