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Little Red River Park is seen last week, around the time it closed due to water troubles.
Despite pumping and other flood mitigation efforts, Little Red River Park remains too moist to fully re-open this weekend.
Instead, civic crews are looking at a partial re-opening of the park‚Äôs north end, with a caution for people to remain careful in its current mucky state.
‚ÄúBasically, the ground‚Äôs really saturated out there. The roads are in very difficult shape,‚ÄĚ community services director Jody Boulet summarized.
‚ÄúSome areas may look fine, and then getting in there and getting some activity and traffic in there, it‚Äôs not.‚ÄĚ
Preventing vehicles from getting stuck and mitigating early-season damage to the park, the park‚Äôs eastern Highway 55 access will remain closed until further notice, with that stretch of park leading up to and including the Cosmopolitan Lodge remaining inaccessible.
‚ÄúWe had to relocate a couple of events scheduled for Sunday, unfortunately,‚ÄĚ Boulet said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just, things haven‚Äôt co-operated as we‚Äôve gone through the week.‚ÄĚ
The higher, northeastern swath of the park, is less of a concern, but still isn‚Äôt as dry as civic crews would like to see, Boulet cautions.
‚ÄúPeople can certainly continue on to that area and access some of the walking trails,‚ÄĚ he said, adding that walking may be the best approach when it comes to area roads.
Basically, the ground‚Äôs really saturated out there. The roads are in very difficult shape. Jody Boulet
If you find that conditions are ‚Äútoo soft for your vehicle,‚ÄĚ or that your vehicle is creating ruts, he recommends walking instead of ‚Äútrying to wade in and get stuck.‚ÄĚ
Although the city‚Äôs intent is to re-open the rest of the park as soon as possible, Boulet notes that opening the park only to cause damage would be a detriment to the balance of the season.
‚ÄúWe want to try and get things to a proper condition before we open it.‚ÄĚ
As for the state of city parks this season, Boulet notes that the annual influx of about 20 summer students will begin arriving next week, with the ranks filled out in time for the Victoria Day weekend.
Other city parks join Little Red River Park in remaining moist this weekend, Boulet said, noting that a shift in weather is all that‚Äôs needed to put things on track.
‚ÄúWe just need a little bit of warmth, and looking at the longer-range forecast ‚Ä¶ it looks like it‚Äôs going to keep in the single-digit range of things into next week, so I hope that changes.‚ÄĚ