Tree maintenance in Riverside, Sunny Acres and Royal City parks

January 16, 2017

In February, the City of Guelph will be inspecting, pruning and removing trees in Riverside Park, Sunny Acres Park, and Royal City Park. Only trees that are dead or have the imminent potential to become a hazard to the public and/or property will be removed.

The tree work is part of the City’s regular, ongoing tree maintenance. Trees will be visually inspected for health, structure and risk. Pruning is carried out to promote safe and healthy growth, and includes removal of live, dead and/or defective branches. Trees to be removed (marked with an orange ‘X’) are either dead, in the late stages of decline, structurally unsafe or are ash trees that have declined due to damage done by the emerald ash borer.

Most logs will be removed from the site to ensure safety for future maintenance access and reduce the visual effect of the debris. The salvaged wood will be re-purposed for use by the City and community.

Where possible, the City will replace each removed tree with a new tree in the same location. Otherwise, replacement trees will be planted in another suitable location. Replacement trees will be planted up to one year after tree removal.

The work is expected to take up to two months to complete, depending on weather and any other unforeseen circumstances.

Property access

Access to trails and park facilities in the immediate work area will be restricted daily between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. For safety reasons, park users are asked to avoid the work area, which will be clearly marked.

Property owners are reminded that while the City will manage hazardous trees on City-owned lands, property owners are responsible for keeping their properties free of unsafe trees. A dead or dying tree becomes high risk of causing injury or damage and may be a violation of the City’s Property Standards Bylaw.

For more information

Timea Filer
Urban Forestry Field Technologist
Parks Operations and Forestry
519-822-1260 extension 3352