The State of Dieppe Park, Mar. 7/12

March 7th 2012.  A beautiful spring-like day with temperatures approaching 15C and a bright blue sky and plenty of sun.  I took a walk around Dieppe Park today and photo-documented the state of things. With the mild winter we’ve just experienced, I make a special note that the grass in the park never really died back completely, as it has in previous years.  Don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.  Guess we’ll find out this summer.

After a mild winter, I have to admit that the amount of garbage was far less than I had expected – based on previous years.  Either the users have been kind or the parks department has been especially good at maintenance – maybe both.

The only area of immediate concern to me was the “monument garden” located on the Cosburn boulevard.  As the phtos below show, it was quite afflicted with litter – mostly strewn about in the shrubs.  A sad disrespect for the fallen soldiers the monument commemorates.  I hope the Parks staff can get to it before the blooms of spring hide all the detritus. 

The rink is melting at a great rate of course, as the photos show.  A couple of pics show the water drifting out of the rink area and onto the lawn along Cosburn.  Relatively harmless, but it does create quite a bit of mud there. Small price to pay for a nice rink that is well used by we locals.

I also noted that a couple of saplings, planted about two years ago as I recall, are looking pretty rough.  Again, this is along the Cosburn boulevard.  Maybe we ought to start an Adopt-a-Tree program like they have at Trinity Bellwoods Park. Maybe that should be one of the first things we work on as a group?  Any thoughts?

As I walked past the snackbar/washrooms I noticed the tree grates that protect the roots of the younger trees are now well beyond providing any protection for the mature trees around which they are situated.  In fact, I’d even go so far as to say they are now harming the trees, digging into them with their metal edges.  They also sit askew, causing tripping hazards for park users.  Time for them to be removed, I should think.

About the time I was taking a photo of the garbage can outside the rink (with dis-used clothing strewn about on the ground) a Park truck was pulling up.  “We’re on it.”  I didn’t even have to ask.

That’s it for today.  If you have any concerns or comments about Dieppe Park, I urge you to contact Councilor Mary Fragedakis.  She has proven responsive to the concerns of citizens in Ward 29 and is a big supporter of Dieppe Park.



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