How do we protect the dunes at Pinery, yet allow for sustainable recreation? Recently, a group of dedicated #parkstewards
assembled to build one solution: a rolling boardwalk.
are designed to be put in place during peak summer visitation periods. They can then be rolled away at other times of the year to allow #dunes
to naturally ebb and flow, deposit and erode, shift to and fro, and act naturally.
are also very cost effective, as they do not require the supporting structures of more elaborate elevated boardwalks nor do they often have railings.
In our case, we recently field-tested a new method of construction using decommissioned fire hose from the Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Countless kilometres of fire hose are put to work each year protecting Ontarians from wildfire. After a while, the hose begins to fail and ultimately does not meet the necessary performance standards.
There is much more to be done to ensure this measure leads to the sustainable operation of Pinery Provincial Park. We cannot thank our volunteers enough for their time and effort.
We know each of them will walk with pride to the beach along the newly deployed boardwalk, knowing that they helped #OntarioParks
in our 125th anniversary year.
Ontarians will be able to enjoy the park for decades to come, and #Pinery
will still offer the ecological services and match the #ecologicalintegrity
Thanks to our dedicated #volunteers
, the Friends of Pinery Park, and the many staff within the Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Services division of MNRF who helped to make this rewarding project possible.
As it turns out, the fire hose was perfectly designed for the task.
We are already planning our next #boardwalk
building session. Perhaps the next time you visit #PineryProvincialPark
there will be one rolled out for you just like a red carpet. #OP125