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Slide danger no deterrent

It seems signs and a gate warning of dangers inside Canyon Falls Park is not enough to keep people away.

The park has been closed since last spring because of a small landslide and slope instability.

It was learned late last year of the potential for a much larger landslide.

Infrastructure director Alan Newcombe says, despite the site being clearly marked, people continue to access the park.

"We are having some difficulty keeping the trail closed," he told council Monday.

"The signage we put up, the gate, are tampered with. We do know that people are continually going in there. However, we would ask that residents stay away as there is significant risk."

He said it is dangerous to be in the park.

In order to determine the extent of the danger, council approved an expenditure of $125,000 for a risk assessment and to develop a preliminary design and cost estimate for mitigation work.

While there are no homes immediately adjacent to the park either uphill or downhill, there could be a risk to some homes downstream.

"One of the largest risks is related to the potential of a landslide coming down, blocking the creek, damming up a significant amount of water behind the landslide.

"Secondary risks relate to the potential impacts of the future South Perimeter Road, and the future parking lot for the park itself. Staff feel it's prudent at this time to do the evaluation as there are indicators that exist that do require attention."



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