Work begins this week to restore and stabilize creek banks in Willowbrook Park, and that will include both tree cutting and the planting of more than 100 new trees.

Burlington has contracted with Carolina Environmental Contracting Inc. to begin the work as soon as Wednesday, May 2, the city said Monday.

“The community will begin to see equipment and activity in the park as Carolina Environmental Contracting Inc. prepares the project site, performs field surveying, and installs erosion and sedimentation control measures,” the city said in a news release.

After preparation, tree cutting, grading and streambank restoration will begin.

“Many trees will need to be removed due to damage or disease and in order to properly secure the stream bank,” city Cemetery and Grounds Supervisor Jeff Parsons said. “However, this provides a wonderful opportunity for tree planting. Over 100 trees will be planted as a part of this project. We will be providing beautiful trees for generations to come.”

Initial work installing erosion and sedimentation control measures and tree cutting will be throughout the park. Grading and streambank restoration is generally planned from Front Street to Church Street, upstream to downstream. Restoration project will continue into the summer.

Work is planned from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend work isn’t planned and would require approval by the Water Resources Department.

Residents and visitors can expect to see truck traffic in the area as well as traffic control measures to ensure the safety of pedestrians, crews, and motorists during the project. ”Every effort will be made to minimize neighborhood traffic impacts,” Water Resources Director Bob Patterson said. “However, since this is a major construction project, there will be construction-related equipment moving along and adjacent to City streets.”

The Willowbrook Park Arboretum is a project of the New Leaf Society in partnership with the city. It will span the length of the park from South Church to Front streets, featuring plantings, sculptures, a walking trail, bridges, limited creek access, children’s play areas, a restroom/activity building and open green spaces.

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