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Urbana Park District begins removing fishing piers, invasive trees and shrubs this week at Crystal Lake Park

July 13, 2020 04:15 PM

Contractors working on the Crystal Lake Rehabilitation Project are removing the 30 plus year old fishing piers and invasive trees and shrubs around the shoreline of Crystal Lake Park. The most invasive shrubs and trees at Crystal Lake Park include bush honeysuckle, buckthorn, and European alder.

The mature trees you may notice along the lake edge have a green ribbon are marked to be saved and protected.  Removals will just focus on the narrow band of invasive trees and shrubs along the shoreline.  Trees and shrubs elsewhere in the park will remain, providing much appreciated shade and the forested character of the park visitors enjoy.

After all the shoreline invasive trees and plants are gone, contractors will replant the area with native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees that provide improved habitat for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.

The native plantings include around 40 trees, 300 shrubs, and 400 live-stakes (a smaller shrub that will quickly fill in the shoreline).

Please pardon our dirt as we begin the first steps in restoring Crystal Lake, and we look forward to beautiful native plantings that will enhance the lake.

As the project progresses keep an eye out for new amenities to the park such as fishing outcroppings, a new playground, pavilion, and boat dock, and a family game area near the large pavilion.


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