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UPDATE: Muskoseepi Park to stay closed

UPDATE: The City has decided to keep Muskoseepi Park closed. More assessments were done Tuesday afternoon, and in addition to staying closed, the spillway gates will be 40 per cent open overnight.

Inspections of pedestrian bridges and trails are still ongoing. A decision on whether to open the park and trails north of 100 Avenue will be made afterwards. Residents are asked to not use them in the meantime.

As water levels continue to drop the city says they expect to re-open a section of Muskoseepi Park. The park was closed Saturday after high water levels prompted an emergency alert.

Crews responded to the area, even sandbagging some of the more vulnerable points. Deputy Director Arlen Miller says they expect to open the park north of 100 Avenue later Tuesday.

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“We do have a number of pedestrian bridges that go across across the creeks and the banks we’re anticipating have probably seen some erosion with the water flow. So, we’d like to assess that before we open up the complete park to the subject.”

The area around the Radbourne Pavilion, playground and the museum are expected to be a part of the area that will be open to the public.

Miller says they are contining to monitor levels but it does seem like the worst is over.

“The information we have is it does seem to be receding outside the city boundaries as well. Some of the county roads are maybe drying up a bit and 116 Street we were concerned about but the water has receded there as well.”

The trail systems around the city are still being assessed and will only be re-opened once deemed safe.

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