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April and May, 2018

May 16, 2018

serving counter has the doors torn off

The cob serving counter doors were torn off during the winter. Last week a city carpenter finally came to look at it and measure and discuss, with the CRPs. But the staff are opening the snack counter this coming weekend, and the carpenters won't be that fast in fixing the counter. (It was donated by a film company years ago, after they shot a little film, using the cab as background.)

Today one of the CRPs and a PT staff from Wallace CRC brought over two pieces of best-quality plywood and put some sealer on it. They said they want to do a temporary fix.

A CRC makes about $35 or more an hour. The PT worker probably makes half that. There's a law about doing the same work for different wage rates. But if a task is left until way too late, I guess the rules need to be broken. Then the carpenters will come and do it all over again later, maybe.

A cheaper solution might have been to just make do for now....

May 4, 2018

There was a wind warning, and it was supposed to gust up to 110 km. Maybe it did -- there was lots blown down.

uprooted, only about 20 feet from another uprooted tree

the crown -- it took out branches of a neighbour tree too

northwest renovation sign askew

maple branch came down by the little tree nursery

two trees lost big branches north of the playground

a big branch came down in the sandpit
May 2, 2018

Two Forestry staff came to cut down a tree that was damaged during the last windstorm. The playground was full of little kids, so there was an interested audience.

the forestry guy climbed up the tree

he cut the first chunck off

"could you cut it off to table height?..."

"No that could be a liability"
April 26, 2018

Today there were 9 park maintenance staff with leaf rakes cleaning the playground area and the grass nearby. You could have eaten a meal off the ground after they were finished. Then again, nobody comes to the park planning to eat off the ground. The large group did have the appearance of people raking the same ground over again until their time was up.

No wonder the park now costs well over $1 million a year to run. Meantime, the foreperson said they could not help get some dead branches out of the native-species garden at the north end because it has danger tape around it, so Forestry must do that task. (The branch fell off a dead maple that awaiting removal, during the last storm.) Also "we don't touch gardens." They left soon after 1 pm -- to get back to the yard in time for the end of shift? At any rate, the leaf piles that we raked out of the Dan's Table sitting area over the weekend remain exactly where they were.

We did remove the danger tape from the broken bench and just turned the remaining 2x4 sideways. So there's one less prompt for the message: "this park is a mess, it needs a $4 million renovation!"

trashy leaf pile still here after 9 staff came to clean up

danger tape removed -- cleanup took 5 minutes!
April 22, 2018

Since park staff say it's not their job to clean up the "Dan's Table" sitting area by the oven even though it's a recreation program area, CELOS paid for cleanup and repairs. It's ready for community use now.

handy litter receptacle

benches and planter boxes fixed

newsletter slot rebuilt

surprise volunteer cleanup group arrives -- too late!
April 13, 2018
The bigger bake oven

clutter and weeds around sides and back

The larger bake oven, built in 1995, is still in quite good shape, but the city has refused to do maintenance on it. The chimney needs repair, there is a bit of shingle missing, the trim needs painting, but none of those things have been done despite repair requests. This seems to be part of a general stance of not attending to maintenance and repair issues in those parts of the park that are up for changes.


chimney needs repair

shingle torn and trim unpainted


loose fence slats and bench need repair, not danger tape

derelict gate should be removed

Dan's Table seating area

needs more frequent litter cleanup (park staff don't go there)

half of planter box broken

planter box gone, but red currant has buds

one planter box gone, the other loose

graffiti, but surprisingly little

burn mark, but wood is aging very well

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