Burloak Waterfront Park improvements helps migrating birds


Restoring the natural ecosystem to help migrating birds will be one of the many improvements to Burlington's Burloak Waterfront Park near Appleby Line..

Halton Region, the City of Burlington, the Town of Oakville and Conservation Halton are starting work on park. This is the first phase of the park's master plan, approved in 2014. The park improvements for phase one, include:

a new accessible pathway along the waterfront, a shade structure (gazebo), a small performance area with seating and a guard rail.

“One of the first steps in achieving these improvements is to restore the natural ecosystem along the shoreline by removing invasive trees and shrubs, which are mostly Siberian elms and Norway Maples,” said Rob Peachey, manager of parks and open spaces with the City of Burlington.

“Invasive trees have a harmful effect on the ability of native tree species to take hold. Removing these invasive trees is critical for the ecological restoration of the shoreline, including the function the area plays as a resting area for many migratory birds.”

City arborists and environmental experts are involved in identifying which trees and shrubs need to be removed. They will also help choose native replacement trees to be planted in the spring of 2017.

For more information, visit www.burlington.ca/burloak.

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