The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Committee held a special meeting last night for the purpose of discussing the condition of trees in local parks and along streets.
Patrick Trickey and Josh Mullinex of Trickinnex Tree Trimming and Falling evaluated the damage of the trees this past winter. They found that some of the trees at Central Park near the children's play area present a danger of falling limbs.
There are four large trees that pose a threat in that part of the park, three American Elm trees and a Cedar tree. The practice of tree topping, now becoming out-of-date, caused the trees to have more dead branches and become severely unhealthy.
Several more trees have been marked for removal throughout the park due to overcrowding and being in poor condition.
Many trees are marked to be pruned to promote the general health of the trees and the safety of park patrons.
It is being recommended that the park be replanted with new trees that are maintained properly, and a maintenance plan be installed to keep the existing trees healthy.
The maintenance plan would require that the trees be looked at every year and pruned yearly or bi-yearly, depending on their condition.
The Parks and Recreation Committee is recommending that the pine trees near the city pool be taken out due to the increased maintenance they require. Broad-leaf trees were suggested to be planted in their places.
Upland Park and Pathway Park have also been recommended for some tree removal and pruning.
After an estimate for the cost of the tree removal and maintenance is received, the committee will decide whether it is in the city of Sunnyside's best interest to proceed further.