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Belle Park work aimed at encouraging healthy forest growth

January 18, 2019 –

Professional  forestry crews are at Belle Park to conduct maintenance thinning  on a small plot of poplar trees to help the forest mature.  This will encourage the crowns of the remaining trees to grow healthily and help protect the Belle Park forest from disease.

Belle Park at 701 Montreal St., sits on a former landfill site. The planting of the poplar forest, beginning over a decade ago, has helped prevent contaminants from leaching into the Cataraqui River.  To maintain the healthy growth of the overall forest, approximately 260 trees will be now be cut down and chipped on-site.  To date, over 15,000 phreatophyte poplar trees have been planted at Belle Park.

Environmental remediation work at Belle Park has been underway since 1997 and continues outside the scope of the Belle Park Master Plan – the plan to redevelop this waterfront park. The City continues to work with community members to develop a master plan that can be considered by council.

For more details on environmental remediation work at Belle Park, go to:

www.CityofKingston.ca/residents/environment-sustainability/environmental-improvement-projects/belle-park-landfill .

For details on the Belle Park Master Plan, go to:  www.CityofKingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/belle-park-master-plan.