The row of trees in front of the playground (marked with orange X’s) are being removed. Why are they being removed? The answer to that question is a combination of two things.
- Drug use (i.e. heroin) happening inside the playground. Those trees provide concealment for illicit activities to take place unnoticed. The trees themselves keep the view from the road obscured (when police patrol) and the leaves obscure the two street lights (keeping the area dark). We have found used needles in the playground and we’ve been told by residents that they too have found needles and other drug paraphernalia inside the playground, which is just a completely unacceptable risk for any children playing inside.
- Some of the trees were damaged by the storm and were deemed “at risk” for falling in the next storm. As we’ve been doing all over the neighborhood, we’re taking a pro-active approach to removing trees in a controlled manner rather than them come crashing down and causing damage.
It is entirely understandable that some residents would react strongly against the idea of removing trees, but please understand that this decision was not made arbitrarily, but that these are the specific reasons why the decision was made.
Any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us through our contact page.