LETTER: Tree-planting helps keep changing parks viable

On Saturday, Foster Park received an amazing gift of over 100 trees and shrubs as part of TD Tree Days.

Together, the City of Parksville arborist and gardeners, TD Bank employees, Friends of Foster Park, and community members (including many kids) enthusiastically planted Douglas fir, pine, cedar, Indian plum, Nootka roses, maples, ferns and more from Streamside Native Plants in part of the forested area of the park.

Over the years, with old trees dying and the water table changing because of new housing developments surrounding the park, the forest in Foster Park is no longer as dark and deep as it was fifteen or more years ago.

By working together, we citizens can help our parks adapt to change and stay healthy for the many people who will enjoy them for generations to come. Our parks are vital to our city and our quality of life.

It’s worth remembering the Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The city happily accepts tree donations for our parks.

Nancy Desai