Pavan Park is the northern-most river valley park in the City of Lethbridge. It was opened in 1987 and is designed to provide a variety of active recreational opportunities. About 82 hectares (203 acres) of the park’s total area of 217 hectares (537 acres), are located on the river floodplain. A substantial portion of the park consists of coulee and prairie environments. Featuring both natural and groomed environments, Pavan Park has equestrian and walking trails, which border Pavan Lake and run alongside the bank of the Oldman River.
The entrance road into Pavan park winds through a narrow coulee with steep slopes and emerges onto a broad floodplain. Across open meadows, a man-made lake is tucked against the cottonwood bluffs bordering the river. Picnic areas, trails and recreation facilities blend naturally into the riverside setting.
The park was named to commemorate the Pavan family, who owned the property prior to its acquisition by the city. At one time, a gravel extraction operation took place on the land and portions of the floodplain were irrigated farmland.
I believe this is a Populus angustifolia (Narrowleaf Poplar), but there are three species of poplar trees native to the Oldman River valley, including Populus deltoides (Eastern Cottonwood) and the Populus balsamifera (Balsam Poplar) and so could be a hybrid species as well.
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