As I’ve mentioned before, I live across the street from Brook’s Park.
I am saddened today to walk into the Park and see that 14 ash trees lining the walkways are gone – they were cut down yesterday. The trees paralleled the north and south sides of a small strip of grass leading into the park, forming a mini “plaisance” in our neighborhood. Without a doubt, these trees created a dramatic and scenic entry into an otherwise average looking city park. According to the park district, the trees were infected with invasive beetles. All 14 trees were planted maybe 20 years ago by a group of neighbors working together to beautify the park.
I hope the city will replant the trees next spring in this same patch of land and try to recreate the look. It gave our neighborhood park some character, mixing open space and athletics with a very grand and seasonally colorful naturescape.
before, during and after : (