The City is aware of illegal mountain bike trails and jumps being built in its parks and on provincial lands within Kamloops boundaries.
But while the City polices its own property, it doesn’t have the resources to do so on Crown land, too, the director of parks, culture and recreation said Tuesday.
Byron McCorkell made the point to council following a discussion about the proliferation of mountain bike jumps damaging grasslands around the city.
Resident Frank Dwyer, a member of the Kamloops Naturalists Club, wrote council about major damage done to grasslands at the south end of 13th Avenue.
The area is a highway right-of-way that belongs to the province.
McCorkell said his department is in discussions with the natural areas advisory committee about trails and destruction of natural areas. The City already oversees thousands of hectares of its own parks and open spaces; the Crown owns 10,000 hectares within the boundaries on top of that.
Coun. Nancy Bepple said she heard there was a new group created, the Kamloops Green Trails group, that’s building hiking trails in the area.
McCorkell said there has been informal communication with that group, which has many of the same members as some of the other nature/biking/hiking organizations in the area.
And the Kamloops Naturalists are already involved with the committee, he said.