City crews have completed a loop connection on the north side of the Parksville Wetlands, adding 600 m to the 2.3 km trail loop.
Crews also resurfaced an additional 550 m of existing trail, according to a media release by the city.
Next, the city plans on doing restoration work along the trail sides with seeding, plantings and signage requesting people and pets stay on the trails.
More seeding of native plants selected from an onsite inventory completed by the Arrowsmith Naturalists in 2019 is planned for this week. Working with the Arrowsmith Naturalists, the city will create educational signage to highlight the First Nation usage and characteristics of 10 plants found in the wetlands.
In the fall, some trail surfaces will be capped with limestone to provide a more durable surface and make them more accessible to people with mobility issues.
Restoration and replanting will continue throughout Parksville’s urban forest areas, according to the city.