If you took a stroll in Nose Hill Park this winter, you may have noticed something new. In the fall of 2012, almost eighty interpretive and orientation signs were installed. Landscaping around the bases of the signs, including seeding and landscape repairs, will be completed Spring 2013.
As conditions allow, work will also begin this spring on trail rehabilitation, and the closure of informal, non-designated routes, starting in the western area of the park. This is a complicated process. Plans have been drawn up for the trail rehabilitation, but the challenge with working in a natural area is that what is drawn on a plan may not sufficiently reflect what is on the ground. This applies particularly to dirt trails, which can be impacted by subtle changes in topography, orientation, soil conditions, and vegetation. The technicians carrying out the work will evaluate these factors and compensate as needed. The overall alignment of the planned trails will not change, but there will be minor adjustments made to the planned route to ensure sustainable and low impact trails. This process, I learned recently, is called “ground-truthing”.
There is a large area at the top of Nose Hill the size of 424 football fields. It is a multi-use zone that can be used for off-leash dog walking, off-trail hiking, and off-trail cycling, and mountain biking. To help preserve the park’s sensitive ecosystems and vegetation, these activities are only permitted in the multi-use zone. Make sure to keep your dogs on-leash and stay on the designated trails and pathways when you are in other parts of the park.
Nose Hill is a very special place, and it is wonderful to see it maintained and cared for, by both the technicians who are restoring it, and the public who use it every day.
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