The city began maintenance work this week on paths and trails at McArthur Island, McDonald Park and the Rivers Trail downtown.
City of Kamloops parks manager Jeff Putnam said the work, closing down the trails to users until about the end of next week, is part of regular annual maintenance.
The project totals $200,000 and will be paid for via existing capital budget dollars.
Unlike concrete, asphalt requires maintenance because it is malleable. Soil compaction, tree roots and environmental factors can impact its condition.
The specific areas seeing asphalt rehabilitation include: the River’s Trail around McArthur Island; the River’s Trail downtown between Seventh and Eighth avenues and from 10th Avenue along River Street past the community garden toward the ball diamonds; and two portions of trail at McDonald Park.
In addition, the basketball court at McDonald Park is being resurfaced.
“We inspect regularly and we do priority based on public safety and condition of the trail, throughout its entire length,” Putnam said.
Some residents have written to Kamloops This Week, detailing less than ideal pathway conditions at McArthur Island. Putnam said it is getting a “closer look,” with seniors and rollerbladers frequenting
He added the city is looking at a capital project to rehabilitate the entire McArthur Island ring road, including the road and path.
The road, which is known to have unintended natural speed bumps, has not been redone in Putnam’s time at the city and he estimated it’s been an upward of two decades.
He said conversations will need to take place with council, with the goal of putting in a supplementary budget request in 2020.
Costs are unknown at this time.
“It’s something we recognize needs to get done,” Putnam said.
Park users can still utilize the areas but are asked to avoid areas closed with barricades.