SUMMERSIDE – The winter’s heavy snow and a rainy, wet spring caused some issues with the Rotary Friendship Park.
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Cory Ellis and Mojo take advantage of the walking trail at the Rotary Friendship Park in Summerside. The park has recently re-opened after being closed due to higher than normal water runoff levels
The summerside park had been closed while city crews addressed a higher than normal water issue in the park.
The park has re-opened and the area escaped any real damage.
“There’s no permanent damage done to the park and we did have to pump some of the water out of the area into a lower lying area that was outside of the main trail system,” said Lorri Laughlin, director of communications for the city. “As part of our regular trail maintenance, we’re building up some of the low-lying areas that gave us the problem so that next spring we won’t have as severe flooding in those areas. They’re trying to re-sculpt some of the trails and build it up so the water flows away better.”
There’s a lot of runoff that comes from fields outside of the park in that area and it all runs down into the main front area of the park. This year was more severe than other years.
The heavy snow from this past winter and the quick snowmelt along with rains in the spring, meant the water didn’t dissipate as quickly as it has in previous years.
“The water was stagnant and just staying there so they had to get rid of it,” Laughlin said. “So, they decided as part of their trail maintenance they would build up the area so the water will flow better and not stay in the area like it did this year.”