The City of Niagara Falls is pleased to inform you that Paddock Park is planned to undergo a restoration. Paddock Park was one of the 34 sites inventoried and included in the Woodland Management Plan. Recently this site lost the majority of its trees as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer Infestation. Efforts to restore some of what was lost are under way. Feedback from the Public Information Center held on April 28, 2016, was supportive of the proposed concept to restore this area to a naturalized woodlot. Please see below information for updates.
Below is a list of updates for the Paddock Park Project, please feel free to e mail or call us if you have any questions or concerns.
June 13, 2017
Work has now started again at Paddock Park. City staff are in the process of; fixing some surface drainage issues, finishing work on the maintenance corridor (including installing a culvert across the drainage ditch near the west end) and seeding the park with turf grass and wild flower seeds.
We have noted that a number of trees planted last year have died over the winter. We will be planting replacements along with other new trees in the fall.
May 10, 2017
Due to the unusually wet weather experienced this spring, no work has been able to be completed in Paddock Park yet. City staff are continuing to monitor the site conditions at Paddock Park and will commence with the planned work when the site dries up enough.
We are pleased to announce that on May 9, 2017 Niagara Falls City Council approved new funding for the Paddock Park reforestation!
January 31, 2017
Due to poor weather and site condtions in the fall park grading and seeding was not completed. City maintenance staff will be completing the work in spring once the site has dried up enough for equipment. The workers will be revisiting drainage issues, checking plant health and seeding the bare ground. The seed mixture will include both wildflowers and grasses. Please note that wildflowers may take a year or so to properly establish before we can enjoy the blooms.
As part of the maintenance and mangement strategy for Paddock Park, the maintenance buffer will start being cut by City staff this spring.
Thanks to our volunteers and neighbours, TD Tree Days planting was great success on October 22, 2016! www.tdtreedays.com.
August 23rd, 2016
Removal of invasive tree and shrub species is near complete. Grading work by contract will commence shortly. This will include the clean-up and re-alignment of the drainage swale. In addition City staff are identifing trees to relocate within the park. Relocations are needed to accommodate the maintenance buffer in places as well as the proposed grading work.
August 5th, 2016
Presently we are working on bringing in a grading contractor who will come in to complete some work that will allow for more positive drainage of the stream (as it pools in some places), clean up some areas and also work to ensure that water is draining away from neighbors backyards as best as possible.
July 8th-20th, 2016
The information gathered from the land survey has been used to identify the property line and measure 10 feet out to mark a maintenance buffer that was initially marked with white spray paint. Following that orange stakes were placed to outline the maintenance buffer and also serve as a guide for residents and the grading contractor (to come) to clarify areas where there are few bollards, as the property lines forms large sweeping curves in some areas.
June 29th, 2016
An Ontario Land Surveyor has completed an official land survey for us which has helped to understand where the property line is. A link to this survey can be found below.
Paddock Park Files