The city of Nampa, in cooperation with the Middle Creek Homeowner’s Association, will begin to remove some cottonwood trees that are damaging the greenbelt pathway that runs parallel to Wilson Drain.
The trees are located on Middle Creek’s common property and erupting roots are undermining the pathway, according to Parks Superintendent Cody Swander. Emerging roots in the pathway also cause tripping hazards.
The Nampa Parks Division agreed to remove the smaller trees and the Middle Creek HOA will hire a crew to remove the larger trees. Work is expected to begin Monday and the pathway is expected to be closed for about two weeks.
Each pathway in Nampa has unique qualities. The city builds the pathways in conjunction with property owners, subdivisions and the local irrigation companies who own the land, Swander said. In the case of Middle Creek, the city has an easement for the pathway on Middle Creek’s property that runs on the back side of the subdivision.
“We tried other alternatives before resorting to this measure,” Swander said. “But the only way to preserve the pathway so it could remain open and be safe for users is to remove the cottonwood trees.”
Anyone who has cottonwood trees on their property can attest to the way the shallow roots grow on the surface, causing damage to existing structures or concrete, as well as creating tripping hazards, Swander said.