Oak Bay will place segments of boardwalk and gravel to make Uplands Park winter walking better for residents, and more protective of the sensitive ecosystem.
In February, council tasked staff with providing options to improve winter walking opportunities in the 76 acres of natural lands.
The goal is to create improvements that won't impact areas of natural or archeological significance in the park the features several Garry oak meadows†and about 20 endangered species.
This fall, council approved boardwalk for areas that heavily flood and gravel aims to reduce impact in other areas.
Each fall since 2018, when things start to get muddy and plant life less visible to the average walker, Oak Bay closes the central meadow to foot traffic that can damage the endangered ecosystem. The limitations have resulted in a significant reduction in damage to soil and native plants, allowing more meadow flowers to reach maturity and set seed.