By Gord Bowes, News staff
The clearing of brush from lookouts on the Mountain brow will continue, but don’t expect it to ever be the clear view it once was.
There are no records to show when the park benches were installed at Armes Lookout on Mountain Brown Boulevard, but there can be little doubt the view was pristine.
Today, however, at many points the trees and other vegetation fully block any view of the city below.
“I know Hamilton is a beautiful city and the view over the escarpment and looking at the surrounding lands is great, but the trees are a critical component in maintaining the escarpment and (curbing) erosion,” said Hamilton parks manager Tennesse Propedo.
Last year, after a complain from a resident, many sumac bushes and other vegetation at Armes Lookout were “hacked back,” said Propedo.
But trees cannot be fully removed because pulling out the roots will loosen the soil and allow faster erosion of the face of the escarpment, he said. There is also a staff safety issue in hanging over the side to cut established trees.
Propedo said he is working with the forestry department to open up areas along the escarpment from Sam Lawrence Park east to Armes Lookout. City staff will probably do some work in fall once leaves fall off and it’s easier to see what needs to be cut and do less damage to the plant.
“We will do the best we can in certain locations to allow viewing platforms while still maintaining the integrity of the escarpment for erosion control,” he said.