Tree Down in Free Park at Woodlawn

The Woodlawn Regional Park saw a lot of damage following the storm on Thursday.

"We have a lot of damage in both of our parks. Our Woodlawn Souris Division, we are currently cleaning up. We have some trees down here and damage from hail," stated Maureen Daoust with the Woodlawn Regional Park. 

"We actually hired a contractor out at our Boundary Park Division, that's probably where the damage hit the hardest. Out there we have a lot of large trees that have fallen, even some of them on campers or boats in our seasonal campsite. We hired a contractor to go out there and do some clean up and tree removal for us and we have our own staff and a small crew of volunteers helping at woodlawn." 

"We got people coming in for the weekend and we're trying to make sure we have everything cleaned up for our campers. We should have everything good to go for anybody who wanted to come in for the weekend, for sure the stuff out at Boundary," Maureen shared. 

"Our number one concern is of course safety first, anything that's kind of broken or damaged out there. We've already had a picker truck go remove the signal direct tower as well because that had been basically broken in half and was kind of dangling, so we got rid of that safety concern."

"Just making sure that our park being safe is number 1. We've cleared all the road ways and right now we're working on our non-seasonal site, so any campers that are booked in for the weekend or that are here right now staying, we're cleaning those up," she explained. 

"We're then hoping to move to help our seasonal campers if they have any large trees in their sites and then of course our user groups that are associated with the park. We have a huge tree down in the free park and over at Souris Valley theater there's some trees down as well. We're doing our best to help all those user groups as well that are affiliated with Woodlawn Regional." 

"The TS&M golf course which is located inside the park, they took a pretty big hit and they're working hard. Their gators are driving around with trees and taking them. We have a big pile of debris like trees and things that are biodegradable and they have taken load upon load. They're scheduled to have a tournament there this weekend, so they're busting their backs to try and get that cleaned up for their tournament." 

"We had to hire somebody to go out there, we don't want to tax our staff either. We've got a lot of regular duties that we have to take care of and then this on top of it. We've kind of had a slow start to our season too. We had 2,000 trees that were donated to the park come early and so we had to get those planted and watered. Then with the abundance of rain and a couple of little mini storms that hit before this, we had lots of branches down and had crews out cleaning those up," stated Daoust. 

"It's been kind of a challenging start up but I'm pretty sure we have lots of seasonal campers that kind of work together and help their neighbors, that's the kind of culture we're trying to promote here, everybody helping each other out. Hopefully we'll get through it sooner than later and we can get back to camping."


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