North End resident Nate Swain has been looking out for the trees at the City park on the corner of Richmond & Commercial Streets. A week ago, Nate sent in the following pictures, noting that 5 trees were dead and the remaining 9 were “bricked in” and having difficulty with irrigation. After a month and some calls to the Mayor’s Hotline, he was thankful that the City responded and cut down the dead trees. He was also hopeful the live ones would be “rescued” and the empty pits filled with new trees.
Today, Nate sends in a disheartening update:
I went down to check on the progress of what was being done with the cut down trees and noticed I spoke to soon about the City doing something right. The City decided NOT to plant new trees and put in the same white pea stone that they put around the other live trees in the empty tree pits. Now there will be white pea stone kicked and strewn all over the brick in no time. I know people cut across the park from one corner to the other so as they pass over the empty tree pits we all know the stone is going to go everywhere. Since my background is in Landscape Architecture I know all about health, safety and sustainability in the landscape. This stone can be like marbles on brick and you can possibly slip on it. If you remember we had the same problem in Christopher Columbus Park the first year until they swept up all the loose stone. I wish they used bark mulch or some other material instead.
I am so disappointed we went from one problem to another.