Tuesday November 10, 2015
On the morning of Friday, November 6, a rain and windstorm that moved through Bracebridge disrupting power and having a devastating in Annie Williams Memorial Park. It is highly probable that a microburst (a brief but intensive localized rush of sinking air accompanied by extremely high winds) occurred in the Park. Over 30 trees, most of them of a mature age and in good health were pulled up by the roots, snapped in half, or twisted apart at the base as this storm cut a swath through this popular Bracebridge Park.
Clean up from this storm has already begun with some assistance and support from the Town of Bracebridge. Although final cost will take some time to determine, the Park Board anticipates that clean-up costs will be significant. Cathryn Willard, Chair of the Annie Williams Memorial Park Board, has spoken with Town staff and Mayor Graydon Smith and is appreciative of their input and assistance.
Willard also notes that she has received a number of calls from neighbours of the Park expressing their sadness over the loss of the trees and asking how they can help. The Park Board has made a concentrated effort over the last few years, with volunteer help, to annually plant young trees and seedlings in acknowledgement of the need to replace the aging tree population. It is clear that, after last week’s storm, the Board will need to increase its tree-planting efforts in the future.
This presents a great opportunity for community involvement and the Park Board will be discussing the implementation of a Sponsor-A-Tree Campaign, with individuals, families and businesses, providing the opportunity to both donate funds and plant a tree that they will be able to help care for and watch grow in the coming years and decades. More details will be forthcoming as plans develop.
For further information, please contact Cathryn Willard, Chair, Annie Williams Memorial Park Board, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-644-3235.