News from the Friends of Nose Hill – October

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Over the past few years, a number of projects were done in Nose Hill Park as part of the implementation of the Nose Hill Trail and Pathway Plan. The controversial plan was approved by Council in July 2005 and construction began in 2006, with asphalt paving. Project plans are on the city website and there is a map with an update on our website.

Construction activities continue and focus on the following work:

  • Building primary (gravel) trails, timber landscape stairs for problem grades, and stabilized tread (dirt – single track) trails.
  • Other options are to re-vegetate trails naturally, ploughing a trail to a shallow depth, and reseeding. The length will be decided in the field, depending on the sightlines, and to the satisfaction of the City Project Manager.

One of our members said: “I hope all is in order, but I was alarmed to see a backhoe parked above Charleswood and John Laurie, south of the gulley from Brisebois Drive. I hope there is no plan to pave or gravel that path along the ridge crest. We have so many paved and manicured paths already on the Hill.”

Here is an answer from the Zone 3 Parks Superintendent to the Ward 4 Councillor. “The backhoe is being used to construct the formal gravel trail that is on the attached construction drawings in a little square. It will be a designated trail replacing a worn desire line trail. The construction of the stairway and designated trails have gone as planned this year and look great.”

Just a reminder: Nose Hill Park is a natural environment park, so please respect wildlife and plants. Do not pick the flowers or they will not be there for future park users and stakeholders.

In 2012, Council approved the CalgaryEATS! plan developing a field guide of wild urban edible plants in the area. Since many members of the public are already foraging in our green spaces, this project provides the opportunity to increase public education around wild harvest, while promoting safety, sustainability, and environmental protection.

This field guide will have information on urban food foraging, such as how to identify urban edibles, places where foraging can be practiced (details still to be worked out), how to prepare wild edibles, and avoid non-palatable or poisonous look-alike species.

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