City’s parks still need repairs after windstorm

City’s parks still need repairs after windstorm

Repairs still needed in several Abbotsford parks after wind felled trees

Nearly a month after a windstorm ripped through the Fraser Valley, uprooting trees and downing power lines, Abbotsford’s parks remain a work in progress.

Infrastructure in several parks took major damage, including Palfy Park, where a trail is closed, and Downes Bowl, where a bridge was destroyed by several fallen trees.

The city says those two parks are slated for repairs over the next month, along with Southern Park, Upper Maclure Park and the north end of Horn Creek Park.

Extensive cleanup after a major storm is becoming a norm for city crews. December’s storm marked the third straight winter with a major weather event. February 2017 saw a record snowfall followed by a large amount of freezing rain.

Then, in the last days of December 2017, a massive ice storm brought down trees around Abbotsford. Picking up the pieces from that storm eventually cost the city more than $2 million. Some of the work included the construction of a new bridge in Downes Bowl just metres from another bridge that would be destroyed a year later.

This winter’s windstorm didn’t do quite as much damage, but still forced the closure of parks in its immediate aftermath.

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Park users young and old continue to deal with damage caused from last month’s windstorm. In Downes Bowl, a tree destroyed a key bridge. Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News

Park users young and old continue to deal with damage caused from last month’s windstorm. In Downes Bowl, a tree destroyed a key bridge. Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News