It was clearly stated in the meeting the design incorporates 12%of the woodlot, NOT the whole woodlot.Accuracy is important....along with the fact that for every one tree affected, 5 more will be planted.You appear to have conveniently omitted these facts from your entire blog.
The concept plans presented by the city have no hard information attached to them, such as how many of the existing trees are likely to suffer irreversible damage to their root systems as a result of the construction process, depth of excavation, loss of native soil. In spite of the city's "best-case" scenario, many more trees are likely to be damaged by human error, soil compaction, alteration of drainage in the entire area, not to mention vague hints at "future expansion" for the proposed skating trail. Even just looking at the concept drawing, 12%of the existing woodlot seems like wishful thinking for a project of this magnitude. The city planner even admitted he had no engineering or technical knowledge to offer to the public, only his concept.
It's a freakin' 250m trail, equivalent to a high school running track...hardly "magnitudinal".Get real. Have another granola bar.