The City of Fernie lands around the Leroux Pond could see some much needed care thanks to some local interest.
“The Leroux Pond has been left unattended for a number of years, and has become filled with deadfall,” said Terry Nelson in a letter to Fernie City Council.
The land is located at the base of Fourth Avenue and Third Street.
Nelson wrote that the area has now become habitat for many urban animals, but it was traditionally developed as informal gardens, with rock-lined paths and small reflection ponds.
A number of volunteers have come forward offering their services to clean up the site and potentially develop the area into a garden area.
Nelson wrote that the group would like to improve the grading of the pathway and restore some of the old rock walls, which line these paths.
“This volunteer effort would allow for access to a public area that has the potential to be developed into a formal garden that could become a showcase feature for the community,” he wrote.
Council authorized the work to be done over the summer subject to all activities on the City land being subject to the approval, coordination and supervision of the Director of Leisure Services.
If the land clean up activity involves onsite burning of woody debris and brush, volunteers must first obtain a fire permit from the Fernie Fire Department.