Parks News

Find below a list of happenings in Okotoks parks and open spaces. Check back here for updates.

Tree cutting, fort building, bike jump building, or camp fires not permitted in Parks.

If you see tree cutting, fort building, bike jump building, or camp fires in our river valley or natural area, please report to Municipal Enforcement 403-938-8913.

These activities are environmentally destructive and not permitted in parks. We appreciate citizens’ eyes on the park!

Tree Banding 
April 18, 2016

Photo Credit:  Okotoks Online

Ash tree banding is in progress on public trees throughout town to control western ash bark beetle. This insect lays eggs in the canopy of the tree in the spring and the larvae chew the wood just underneath the bark causing branches to die back.

The banding is a wrap of foil-backed insulation brushed with insect-trap, which is a non-toxic sticky substance used to trap the adult bark beetles as they crawl up the trunk to prevent them from laying eggs. Banding is installed in April and removed in July.  

We are asking people to please not touch the traps but if you do, warm water, soap and scrubbing will remove any sticky residue.

For further information contact our Urban Forester at 403-938-8958.

European Elm Scale Management Program
April 18, 2016
European elm scale is an insect that feeds on the stems (twigs & branches) of elm trees. If left unmanaged it can cause significant branch die back and in some cases may cause death.

Cultural tools of our management program includes planning tree species diversity in the urban forest, applying mulch to encourage growth, spraying dormant oil, and pressure washing the scale off the stems with non-potable water. In conjunction with our cultural practices we do pesticide trunk injections with a natural insecticide derived from neem oil from the seeds of neem trees.

Pressure washing and tree injections of elms takes place in spring (April – June).

Dormant oil applications are done in the fall after leaf drop (September – November).

For more information please contact the Urban Forester at 403-938-8958 or parks@okotoks.ca

Town of Okotoks'
​Cemetery Annual Clean Up Notice

April 15, 2016

In order to maintain the appearance of our cemetery and ensure the safety of visitors and employees, Parks staff has started Cemetery Spring Clean-Up.

This clean up includes: litter control, seeding and leveling of interment sites, and removing all non-approved memorabilia throughout the cemetery that do not meet the requirements of the Cemetery By-law 26-84.  This bylaw states:

  1.  No person shall: 
    1.  place or deposit any glass encased wreath or any stand, holder, vase, receptacle, jar, bottle, or pot made of glass on any lot; 
  • We ask that family members clear the area around your family burial plot(s) to facilitate ongoing maintenance this season.
  • Collected items, other than perishable or deteriorated items, will be stored if not claimed, until mid-June.

Thank you for your cooperation! It is greatly appreciated.

For additional information regarding this event, please contact the Cemetery Administration Office by email at cemetery@okotoks.ca or by phone at 403-938-8958.

New Park Development Update
October 2016

                     134 Drake Landing Common

Thank you for those able to attend the in-park information session. Your feedback is appreciated and has been incorporated into the concept plan. The project will be tendered this winter, with construction planned for 2016. Check back here for construction timing updates.

New Park Development
October 2016

134 Drake Landing Common
In-Park Information Session
Wednesday, October 7, 5:30 pm

This is an opportunity for adjacent residents and the general public to learn about the planned park development. The park is located at 134 Drake Landing Common, just south of the residential area on Drake Landing View.

To view the concept plan, click here.

 

Pathway Interruption
September 2016

On Tuesday, September 8th, an underground cable conduit will be installed under the existing walkway adjacent to the Drake Landing Energy Centre.   After completion of the installation, the walkway will then need to be repaired.  The work is scheduled to take a few days. 

For those using the pathway, they will be diverted through the green space as indicated by the area signage.  An alternative route would be to use the street sidewalk systems. 

Hoadley Park (205 Sheep River Cove) - updated August 7, 2015The playground installation is now complete. We thank the community for your input and patience. We hope you enjoy the new playground. 
Otterbein Park (38 Westland Road) - updated August 7, 2015The playground installation is now complete. We thank the community for your input and patience. We hope you enjoy the new playground.
Goldfish in storm ponds - posted June 29, 2015

Don't Dump your Fish or any other pets for that matter!

Goldfish are now present in at least two ponds in Okotoks. The fish were likely deposited by residents  with backyard ponds not wanting to overwinter the fish. This is becoming a common occurrence throughout the province and the fish are managing to overwinter and reproduce. Non-native fish and associated pathogens may pose a threat to native ecosystems and aquatic species. 

Flowering Trees - posted June 25, 2015

What are those beautiful flowering trees right now? These are Japanese Tree Lilacs. They are hardy in the Okotoks area and highly recommended for residents to plant in their yards as they do not get fire blight or black knot. 

 

Hoadley Park (205 Sheep River Cove) - updated June 25, 2015Playground Improvements - coming summer of 2015! Removals of existing equipment will commence the week of July 6 and installation of new equipment scheduled the week of July 13.
Otterbein Park (38 Westland Road) - updated June 25, 2015Playground Improvements - coming summer of 2015! Removals of existing equipment will commence the week of July 6 and installation of new equipment scheduled the week of July 13.
Sheep River Boulevard Plantings - Posted May 28, 2015

Sheep River Boulevard is getting some refreshing new plantings! The focus of the re-landscaping will occur at the crosswalk at the west end of Sheep River Boulevard near Big Rock Trail and continue in the medians down the hill to Sheep River Cove. The current landscaping consists of shrubs that have provided line of sight issues, maintenance challenges, and general unsightliness. The new plantings will see the replacement of many of the shrubs will lower maintenance ornamental grasses and perennials. Work will commence over the next couple weeks.

Mosquitos - Posted May 28, 2015Parks has a mosquito monitoring and control program. Treatment is a water release into shallow surface waters on public lands with Bacillus
thuringiensis,
a natural soil bacterium that kills mosquito larvae, but is  otherwise safe for aquatic ecosystems. Monitoring has revealed that storm ponds are not the source of mosquito populations, but rather roadside ditches and other shallow surface waters. Residents can help by emptying out standing water in their own yards from plant trays, kids toys. Also be sure to unblock rain gutters and put screens on rain barrels.
Forest Tent Caterpillars - Posted May 25, 2015

Forest Tent Caterpillars appear to be present this year in higher numbers than what is typical for our region. They primary host is trembling aspen but will also feed on other trees. In town we are seeing them on Schubert chokecherry, mayday, hawthorn and crabapple trees.

They tend to cluster so they can be physically destroyed or removed quite easily if they are in reach. A strong blast of water can also effectively remove them. We have also noticed natural mortality due to parasitoids so pesticides are strongly discouraged so natural predators are not killed treating the caterpillars.

In small numbers they will defoliate some leaves but it shouldn't have a significant impact. Reduced growth can result if the tree is being close to or completely defoliated, otherwise the impact of this pest is minimal.  

Flowering Trees - posted May 25, 2015

What are the the beautiful flowering trees around Town right now?

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They are crabapples. White flowering Dolgo crabapples provide larger fruit worth preserving, whereas the pink ornamental crabapples provide very small fruit more suitable for birds. Before you buy one for your yard, do know these trees are highly susceptible to fireblight, a deadly tree disease common to Okotoks. Consider purchasing Japanese Tree Lilac or Ohio Buckeye instead for similar size and ornamental floral displays. 

Tree Banding - posted April 29, 2015

Ash tree banding is in progress on public trees throughout town to control western ash bark beetle. This insect lays eggs in the canopy of the tree in the spring and the larvae chew the wood just underneath the bark causing branches to die back.

The banding is a wrap of foil-backed insulation brushed with insect-trap, which is a non-toxic sticky substance used to trap the adult bark beetles as they crawl up the trunk to prevent them from laying eggs. Banding is installed in April and removed in July.  

We are asking people to please not touch the traps but if you do, warm water, soap and scrubbing will remove any sticky residue.

For further information contact our Urban Forester at 403-938-8958

West (Mountainview) Ball Field Construction - Posted April 29, 2015

The Town, in partnership with Stantec Consulting Ltd., will be developing a new baseball field west of the Mountainview community.
The new field is a needed replacement for Spoiler Field which was lost in the 2013 flood.

Those interested in the project are encouraged to attend the upcoming public information session to hear about concept design, provide feedback and ask questions.

Public Info Session
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Municipal Centre Council Chambers (5 Elizabeth St.)

For more information:
WEST (MOUNTAINVIEW) BALL FIELD PROJECT FAQ 

Contact Engineering Services at 403-938-8053

Outdoor Hockey Rink - posted April 28, 2015

Proposed Permanent Outdoor Rink 

Information Session - Thursday, May 14, 7:45pm
Okotoks Recreation Centre, Community Room

This is an opportunity for adjacent residents, the general public, and recreation users to learn about the proposed permanent outdoor rink adjacent the Okotoks Water Spray Park.

Town of Okotoks Annual Cemetery Clean-Up - posted April 28, 2015
In order to maintain the appearance of our cemetery and ensure the safety of visitors and employees, Parks staff will begin Cemetery clean-up on May 7, 2015.  
 
This clean up includes:  litter control, seeding and leveling of internment sites, and removing all non-approved memorabilia throughout the cemeteries that do not meet the requirements of the Cemetery Bylaw 26-84.
 
We ask that family members clear the area around your family burial plot(s) prior to May 6 to facilitate ongoing maintenance this season.
 
Collected items, other than perishable or deteriorated items, will be stored if not claimed until June 12, 2015.
 
Thank you for your cooperation.  It is greatly appreciated.  For additional information regarding this event, please contact the Cemetery Administration Office at 403-938-8958.

 

 

 

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