Work begins on this on this project Monday, September 11, 2023.
News Release from June 15, 2023 - The Town of Comox will be removing and repurposing five pine trees at the Comox Community Centre due to extensive damage to the parking lot that has caused uplifting and breaking of the asphalt and curbs, leading to safety hazards.
The work to remove the trees will happen in September after the bird nesting season. Unfortunately, the existing trees' rooting system was unsuitable for the parking lot. However, Town staff have identified the option to replace the removed trees with eight new trees in another location on the grounds of the Comox Community Centre.
Staff have identified 3 additional trees that are damaging the parking lot but do not require removal at this time. Under the direction of an arborist, selected roots will be removed to mitigate tripping hazards.
"We take the removal of trees seriously," said Comox Mayor, Nicole Minions. "There were no options for saving and replanting these trees. However, the tree stumps will be reused and woodchips will be repurposed at the disc golf location and for mulching tree wells throughout the Town's parks system."
Users of the Comox Community Centre may experience intermittent disruption in the parking lot area where the trees are being removed. Signage and updates will be provided onsite and within the facility.
Eight replacement trees have been identified for areas on the property. A map and reference of these trees are located on the Town's website at comox.ca/cctrees. In addition, images of the existing rooting damage in the parking are highlighted on this page.
For more information on the removal of trees and the planting of replacement trees, contact the Town's parks department at 250-339-2421 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries related to the impact on the Comox Community Centre, call 250-339-2255 or email@example.com
Nicole Minions, Mayor