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Crane Park, located in the City of Guelph’s south-west end, is being revitalized by the City as a part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan’s vision to improve existing trails.
The park is a sensitive natural area for many species of fish and wildlife. In August 2018, an Environmental Impact Study was completed to understand where trail improvements could be made. The study revealed that work needed to be done to enhance Crane Park’s health and integrity by removing and controlling invasive buckthorn.
Phase 1: Natural area rehabilitation
During phase one, the city removed invasive buckthorn and graded the parking lot to prepare for trail construction. In 2019, the City restored the natural area by planting native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.
Phase 2A: Trail construction between College Avenue and Stone Road West
During phase 2A in 2020, the City built and widened sections of the trail and created water crossings between College Avenue and Stone Road West to the Speed River.
Phase 2B: Trail construction between Dovercliffe Road to the main trail
During phase 2B in 2021, the City is building and widening sections of trail between Dovercliffe Road to the main trail at College Avenue.
Frequently asked questions
What is going to happen in this project in later phases?
Phases two and three of the project will include widening sections of trail by 2.5-3.0 metres, resurfacing the trail with stone dust and grading the surface to improve accessibility, water drainage, and reduce erosion. The benefits of this work to Crane park include:
- Improved safety and accessibility
- Less maintenance needed to the trail
- Reduction of erosion and sediment entering the Speed River
The City will enhance the area after construction by planting native species as a part of our restoration efforts.
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