Wesley Park Playground Temporarily Closed Due to Identification of Potentially Harmful Mushroom

Wesley Park in Fernwood has been temporarily closed due to the identification of toxic mushrooms in the playground woodchips.

During a routine weekly inspection of the playground conducted this morning, “suspect” mushrooms were identified and upon consultation with the Ministry of Environment, were confirmed to be members of the Galerina genus. This particular species of Galerina is considered to be one of the most poisonous found on Vancouver Island.

Acting quickly upon advice of the Ministry of Environment mycologist, public access to the playground has been restricted and Parks will be removing the wood chips from the playground and replace as soon as possible. It is expected delivery of new wood chips could take a few weeks.

This species of mushroom has not been located in a City park before and could be harmful if consumed by humans or pets.

Wesley Park is located on Wesley Place, near Bay Street and Empire Street.