Damaged on a windy night in October 2014, the bigleaf maple standing on the southwest corner of Cal Anderson Park was taken down and hauled away by a work crew this week.
Seattle Parks tells CHS the tree’s health had been declining for several years and had “a large lead over the sidewalk that was decayed and cracking.” The Parks Arboriculturist said the decay was in the main trunk as well as major dead branches in the canopy.
In recent weeks, a sign was posted to notify park users and E Pine strollers that the tree was slated for removal. Parks says it received two calls from people concerned about the decision.
Over the recent years, Cal Anderson’s leafiness has been trimmed back for ease of maintenance and safety concerns. While the rats haven’t seemed to mind too much, there are fewer shrubs for them to call home today than five years ago. Meanwhile, a recommended $780,000 lighting plan for the park which could include further trimming remains only a study, for now.
Parks says the location where the bigleaf maple stood is now on the list for fall planting, “although it will have to be a smaller-stature tree since it is under powerlines.”
fuck cal Anderson pic.twitter.com/bWPU9hEqvD
— gentle dab™ (@3thanshane) February 14, 2016
Remember when there was a tree here? pic.twitter.com/U3sPKdvjPv
— ChristopherFrizzelle (@TheFrizzelle) February 26, 2016
— jseattle (@jseattle) February 26, 2016