As stewards of our parkland, the Parks and Recreation Department must balance conservation and development with the needs of our growing community. For the Rail Trail widening project, clearing limits are set at the minimum distance to minimize disturbance. Contractors are instructed to only clear materials necessary to allow equipment to operate in an effective manner. This clearing also minimizes future pavement upheaval, increases the longevity of the asphalt and prolongs the need for future disturbance.
While we attempt to minimize disturbance in all projects, the clearing associated with the Rail Trail widening provides an opportunity to address dead and dying hazard trees, removes invasive woody and noxious species and allows the proliferation of native wildflowers and saplings to return.