The Department of Leisure Services is working to improve the condition of the walking track at Bay Memorial Walking Park. The roots from about 30 trees have pushed the asphalt up in some areas of the track and created safety hazards for users.
The City’s arborist Sam Hand identified the trees that needed to be removed due to age, disease and/or root growth causing damage to the track. The majority of the trees identified are pine trees. Root pruning, an alternative to removal, would likely create an unstable condition for the tree and a potential safety hazard in the future, according to Hand.
Any Time Tree Removal which submitted the lowest quote at $13,200 is tentatively scheduled to remove the trees and associated stumps on August 20th. The City plans to request quotes for track resurfacing shortly afterward.
The trees identified for removal aren’t isolated in a cluster so the removal shouldn’t affect shade on the track.
Bay Memorial Walking Park is a lighted nature park with a one-mile walking track and ten fitness stations. The park is located on Garden Club Drive between Balboa and Florida Avenues. It is open from dawn to dust.