In a first step toward restoring the hillside, the city spent more than $230,000 to make repairs, then to restore the hillside. Much of that restoration involved bringing in tons of sand from City Beach to fill in the gash in the hill.
The city is in the process of planting a variety of trees in an attempt to stabilize the loose sand.
In the meantime, the city has placed signs asking people to stay off the hill.
That hasn’t happened. Instead, people have used the hill as their own giant sandbox, climbing up the loose sand and causing a great deal of erosion.
The city has considered stepping up police patrols in the area in order to nab those who ignore the signs asking people to stay off the dunes.
We would urge them to go a step further and liberally hand out tickets to those who cause damage to the hillside.
This isn’t the type of situation that’s up for interpretation. Stay off the hill, or pay a fine. Period.
In the meantime, the city might consider planting some quick-growing dune grass to help anchor the sand in place. This might be a quicker fix to the erosion problem while the planned 119 trees — red oak, sugar maple, black cherry and hemlock — take hold.
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