Trails and woodlots remain closed until further notice for public safety

Monday, December 30, 2013 – for immediate release

Trails and woodlots remain closed until further notice for public safety

Due to the risk of falling tree limbs, residents are advised that town trails and woodlots will remain closed until further notice. Park cleanup is scheduled to begin in January after priority calls are completed. It is expected that the cleanup of all damaged trees will take several weeks to complete. Trails will reopen once they have been inspected and any broken or hanging limbs have been removed.

The Town of Oakville is also asking for residents help in locating any remaining damaged trees with broken branches overhanging roads and sidewalks. Residents are asked to email locations of damaged trees to or call ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 to assist forestry crews in identifying priority areas. ServiceOakville will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on December 31, 2013, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on January 2, 2014.

January bulk brush collection

The Town of Oakville and Halton Region will be providing enhanced bulk brush collection services for debris from private trees from January 6 to January 31, 2014. Residents may place bulk brush from with branches a maximum of 7.5 centimetres (3 inches) in diameter and 2 metres (6.5 feet) long out on their regular garbage collection day. Larger branches and storm debris can be brought to the Halton Waste Management Site until January 31, 2014, free of charge.

If residents are unable to transport their larger branches to the Halton Waste Management Site, town crews will be collecting it during the month of January. Homeowners are asked to try and keep the maximum length of this brush to 2.4 metres (approximately 8 feet) and it should be piled separately from smaller brush. Brush should be piled on the boulevard area between the road and sidewalks. Roads and sidewalks must be kept clear for winter snowplow operations.

Residents requiring this service should email with their address to assist in coordinating the collection. Please note that this service will be weather permitting as priority will be given to road clearing operations during winter storms.

Stormwater Ponds

Residents are reminded that stormwater management ponds are not meant for recreational use. Skating or walking on the ponds is prohibited. Community outdoor rinks are available throughout the town and public skating is available at indoor rinks. Visit the outdoor rinks page for outdoor rink locations and the public skating page for skating schedules.

Holiday closures

Town Hall is closed until January 2, 2014. Recreational centres, pools and arenas are open, so please visit the holiday information page for a full listing of holiday hours and information.

Media contact:

Jane Courtemanche
Director of Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3038

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Trails and woodlots remain closed until further notice for public safety