Letter: City should have left Peterson Creek trail alone

Editor:

I’d like to correct some misinformation quoted by city staff in regards to a KTW story on a trail in Peterson Creek being restored to its natural state by city crews.

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Jeff Putnam of the municipality said the city built a new trail called Creekside when the previous one fell into the creek.

This is not so. The section of trail has fallen into the creek twice in recent years. The first time, the city did nothing. The second time, crews came and posted two small “trail closed” signs at each end.

Crews did not construct a new trail and, other than Xget’tem, have not built a new trail in lower Peterson in the last decade, to my knowledge.

Putnam said people destroyed “native plants” in constructing a new trail. The junipers along that trail are not native to Kamloops.

Park users have done far less damage to native plants than did city crews that just came through and killed the cottonwood saplings in their path.

It is upsetting that the city would not put the same amount of effort into maintaining the trails in Peterson Creek as it did in deactivating them.

Crews could have just as easily repaired and restored the erosion problem.

They didn’t even bother to pick up their own fallen concrete barriers out of the creek bed.

One has been there so long that it is almost buried.

New residents and tourists come to the park every single day to hike to Bridal Falls and they are greeted with a huge sign that says they are not welcome.

But has the city attempted to improve the park based on how park users are using it? Nope.

These were actively used trails and, without a word or a warning, the city destroyed them and the native plants in their path.

Krystal Jeffrey

Kamloops

 

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