Project Update September 28/2023
Construction has now resumed at both the Stanley St. Greenway and Ryall Park. Project completion is anticipated by the end of October 2023.
PROJECT UPDATE JUNE 14/ 2023
The ecological restoration projects at the south end of Ryall Park and along a portion of the Stanley Street Greenway are nearly complete. The work at both sites has paused and will recommence in September 2023 when the bird nesting period has ended. Regularly scheduled weeding and watering of the newly planted areas at both of the sites will continue over the summer months.
Additional work to be completed in Fall 2023 includes:
- Removal of remaining invasive plants in South Ryall Park
- Completion of pedestrian trail at South Ryall Park
- Seeding disturbed areas with wildflower pollinator mix at both sites
- Installation of wayfinding signage at both sites
The Parks and Recreation Department is working towards improvements of two natural areas in the Queensborough neighbourhood including:
- The green space adjacent to the Stanley Street Greenway
- The southern portion of Ryall Park (between Zazara field and South Dyke Rd.).
The ecological restoration plans for these two areas will include:
- Removal and management of invasive plant species,
- Planting of indigenous plants and trees; and
- Enhancement of habitat areas
Project completion is anticipated by the end of October 2023.
In addition to enhancing biodiversity in New Westminster and supporting the city’s Seven Bold Step for Climate Action, these restoration efforts will also provide improved opportunities for residents to access and experience nature in the city.
What is a native species? Native species are established within an ecosystem, having evolved in their native area over thousands of years. Due to this, native species have adapted to the weather patterns of the area such as drought and cold, making them more reliable and sustainable in their native landscape. For these reasons, many people in the region use native plants in personal gardens to support their local pollinator and bird populations.
What is an invasive species? Invasive species are plants, animals or other organisms that are not native to BC and whose introduction and spread has negative impacts. Invasive species lack natural predators or competitors and have populations that overtake the natural system, interrupt natural cycles of nutrient, water and food supply, or displace native species of animals and plants. – Invasive species council of BC 2022.
What is a wildlife tree? A wildlife tree is a dead or dying tree that provides habitat for present and future wildlife including various species of plants, animals, and insects. Sometimes these trees can become hazardous and are pruned/cut to a certain height to mitigate potential risk and still provide valuable habitat.
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