A large tree with a thin coating of snow came crashing to earth in Volunteer Park
this morning knocking loose a dozen or so bricks from the meadow amphitheater wall on its way down. UPDATE: That thin coating of snow apparently came post-fall. @kevinpurcell says the tree came down Tuesday night.
Slog first noted the fall in this post which is also an ode to the infamous amphitheater men’s restroom — a structure the giant tree missed by about five feet.
We were told by a father and son checking out the trunk of the fallen giant that it is labeled Volunteer Park tree #98. Its destiny, we’re told, is to be mulched and not turned into furniture like some of the wood reclaimed at falls we’ve covered involving private property.
Damage to the amphitheater is minimal. According to Seattle Parks spokesperson Dewey Potter, the department can handle minor work with its own crews but should it need more significant repairs an alternative source of funding will have to be found.
We’re trying to find out more about the history of the stage — these kind of news items are a great excuse to dig into the history of the Hill — but can’t yet pin a date. This blurb from the city notes that a performance pavilion was designed into the park by the Olmsted Brothers back in 1912 — but that pavilion apparently stood where the Seattle Asian Art Museum stands today. If you know more about the meadow stage, let us know, too.