There has been some illegal trail building going on in Delta Watershed Park and local residents – along with staff at the Corporation of Delta – want it to stop.
The park is a mixed-use area frequented by pedestrians and cyclists, however someone has been building unsanctioned bike trails by cutting branches and tree roots in an attempt to create more access.
“There are some people out there making new bike trails in the park and we were made aware by some residents and we are taking steps to mitigate it,” said Josh Turner, Delta’s superintendent of parks operations. “We have put up signage advising that it is an environmentally sensitive area.”
The corporation is putting a plan together to replant the damaged areas and close off any of the new trails that have been made, along with increasing night patrols.
Although the Corporation of Delta’s urban forestry department believes significant damage has been done, it’s not severe enough to cause ongoing issues.
Watershed Park is a 153-hectare (375-acre) forested park reserve site bordered by Highway 10 to the south, Scott Road to the east, 64 Avenue and Kitson Way to the north and Highway 91 and the Burlington Northern Rail corridor to the west.