Parking Lot B reconfiguration work commences with surveying January 17, 2021 and construction will begin shortly after. Project duration is weather dependant and estimated at 5-7 weeks; the completion deadline is April 1. While the parking lot will be closed during construction, parking is available at Parking Lot A on Lakeshore Dr. and Main Beach will remain open.
In 2018 Registered Professional Forester Robin Clarke provided staff with a Park Planting Prescription. The document addresses key areas of the park and offers recommendations aimed at improving tree and forest health. Trees as well as their surroundings in Parking Lot B were assessed prior to finalizing the document and the forester made several recommendations. In short, it was noted that trees within the parking lot were dying from irreversible root damage and removal was necessary. In the Spring of 2020 an ISA arborist reviewed the trees with staff again and further confirmed their advanced state of deterioration and the requirement for removal.
As a result of the tree’s condition and subsequent removal, staff has an opportunity to reconfigure the parking lot in a manner that improves access and safe travel, optimizes the use of space and prioritizes tree health and root protection. The Park Board and staff are working with the Environmental and Public Areas Planning Committee to ensure that trees removed from the parking lot are replaced at a 2:1 ratio. In addition, the Board has approved a parking lot layout plan that sees 21 irrigated greenspaces with trees interspersed throughout the lot as well as increased tree screening surrounding the parking lot’s perimeter.