No trees will be removed from Hollinger Park this week.

The City of Timmins is clarifying some information that has been spreading around social media on the park’s remediation work. Businessman and Ward One Councillor Candidate Ken Pye posted on Facebook over the weekend that the city was going to be cutting down all the trees in Hollinger Park starting this week.

The city says it will be doing some remediation work to the park because there are elevated metals in the areas soil. It says this is part of a five-year plan for the part. The city says as of right now there is no work being done to the park because reviewing a report from a professional arborist on the impact and importance of the trees.

In January council reviewed a report from the arborist that sparked some concerns around the trees, grandstand and baseball diamond. Council sent back the plans and asked for a redesign.  Mayor Steve Black says council is reviewing these updated design plans before it makes any decision on the trees. Black says council also needs to go over what areas of the park need more work.

Black says many of the councillors agree that the park should have some trees.

He says some of the trees that need to be removed for safety concerns will be replaced. Black says the re-design plans should be coming back to council in the near future.

The city says in the meantime it has requested some quotes for removing some trees, which will also be presented to council in the near future.