Location: 12474 Lougheed Hwy, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2J4
The invasive species the chafer beetle had done damage to the turf at Harris Road Park. The beetle digs into the ground, eating roots of vegetation which exposes these roots to other animals and critters who dig up the surrounding area.
In Oct. 2020 Grub Gone was spread over the turf. Grub Gone is a bio-insecticide used to control turf grubs at a level of efficacy equivalent to chemical standards but without the side effects or off-target damage to beneficial insects, such as pollinators. Parks staff waited out the winter season, and then completed another application of Grub Gone.
Work that started in March involved raking, and cleaning up loose material. The contractor hydro seeded the new bare spots.
The field typically closes for the winter, and the closure was been extended re-opening May 15 once the project is finished.
What work was completed?
- Cribbing (outside edges of the playgrounds that contain wood chips to the base of the playground) improvements.
- The current wooden cribbing is at end of life, and was replaced with concreate cribbing which is more durable. The new cribbing is safer as the wood gets very slippy when wet, and wood also is a hazard for slivers and splinters.
The City of Pitt Meadows Parks Staff met with registrants from the community at Bonson Park to celebrate Earth Day. A variety of trees were planted to enhance the perimeter of Bonson Park’s green space.
Why This Work Is Happening
Over the years, many trees have needed to be removed for the health and safety of park visitors and nearby residents. This work has replaced trees that have been removed. Additional environmentally sustainable improvements will be made to the area.
Why ReGreening Matters
- Enhances open spaces
- Improves natural areas
- Creates habitat
- Beautifies parks
The map below identifies the park area. Trees were planted along the perimeter of the park. Existing open spaces remain open.
This enhancement project has been made possible through the funding of BC Hydro Tree Canada Community ReGreening Grant.
The following actions were completed by Humane Solutions
Tree Wrapping - Airport Way (approx. 235 trees)
- Protection of selected trees along the north side of the walkway with heavy-duty wire mesh to prevent beavers from chewing trees
-Mesh to extend to a height of 3’ and wrapped to allow for tree growth.
Tree wrapping - Wild Wood pathway (approx. 250 trees)
- Protection of selected trees with heavy-duty wire mesh to prevent beavers from chewing trees
- Mesh to extend to a height of 3’ and wrapped to allow for tree growth.
As a result of the frequent beaver activity, the city will be proposing a Beaver Management Strategy as part of the 2022 Business Planning process.
To view previous work completed by Humane Solutions see the Completed Projects pulldown on this page.
Pitt Meadows Mayor Bill Dingwall and Katzie First Nation Chief Grace George unveiled two new park signs featuring Katzie language translations at Spirit Square and Waterfront Commons Park on March 8, 2021.
Over the past several months, Katzie First Nation has been working to translate the park names. The process of translation involved considering direct translation and how the space was used historically and in modern times from a Katzie lens. The area itself was also considered in terms of its landscape, flora, fauna and waterways.
The new park names are:
‘the place to remember him, her, it, them'
'front (waterside) of the house’
[Waterfront Commons Park]
Watch the video from the unveiling below to hear pronunciations of the translations.
The Katzie First Nation and the City of Pitt Meadows continue to work as partners to create a shared understanding of each other’s cultures, and look forward to future collaborative projects like this one.
Media Release: New Park Signs to Include Katzie First Nation Language.
Phase 2 Work:
Look for our crews planting new low growing plants just in time for Spring! There are several improvements to the way the Parks department is managing the plantings on the newly renovated medians. There are low growing plants will not impede sightlines, and top dressing materials that will reduce weeds. This will in turn lesson the amount of maintenance needed, will provide less lane closures, and will improve safety of staff as they will not need to spend as much time in that region that requires work.
Phase 1 Work:
- Electrical and irrigation has been installed
- Artificial turf was installed in 2 of the 4 sections
- The other 2 sections will/have been planted with low growing plants (1 has been planted the other 2 will be planted next spring)
- The plants chosen are low/slow growing which improves traffic site lines
- The use of artificial turf in medians is becoming very popular as it greatly reduces maintenance requirements, and alleviates parks staff working in high traffic roadways