About the only positive thing we can find to say about the mass of bushes that used to line the sidewalk just south of Bobby Morris along Pine is this: They were alive. Beyond that, it’s hard to say they’ll be missed.
A Seattle Parks work crew hacked those bushes to death last week and aren’t stopping there according to spokesperson Joelle Hammerstad. She tells CHS that the Cal Anderson maintenance team has also pulled the stumps. Those bushes are gone. In their place, Parks is placing a new, smaller, gentler, less crime and gross-stuff concealing planting of darling-sounding “dwarf variety” hedges.
“The area had become a magnet for illegal and nuisance behavior,” Hammerstad told CHS via e-mail. “Also, the maintenance folks had been finding lots of gross stuff back there – feces, vomit, etc.”
Meanwhile, Cal Anderson will be dealing with cutbacks of the financial kind (again, clever, aren’t we?) this summer as the city’s mid-year budget reduction plans start to kick in. Expect longer grass and lower overall maintenance effort in the park as part of those cuts. Also, the Cal Anderson wading pool days of operation will be reduced. Volunteer Park’s pool. on the other hand, will be operating at full strength this summer and is scheduled to open this Saturday.
Cal Anderson will see another big project later this summer when a 3/4 acre of the park will be closed and fenced off for a grass overhaul to improve drainage and eliminate the spotty cover that has plagued the park for year.