Removal of failing birch trees at Woodland Playfield

Tree maintenance work is scheduled to take place at Woodland Playfield October 19 and October 22.  For public safety, SPR arborists will remove a row of eight birches that are either partially or fully dead, and are likely to fall and cause damage.The trees are located on the south side of the West Woodland playfield, and pose a hazard to traffic on N. 57th, and for park users.These particular trees have been damaged by bronze birch borer beetles. Dead birches deteriorate quickly and are likely to drop branches.

The trees have been assessed by Certified Arborists with Tree Risk Assessment Qualifications.  Care will be taken to ensure that the park will be accessible during tree maintenance, although temporary detours may be necessary in some areas.

The goal of the work is to keep the park safe and accessible for users and to keep the urban forest healthy.  If you have questions, please contact Deborah Brown McGarry, Seattle Parks and Recreation Arboriculturist at 206-386-1688 or deborah.brown@seattle.gov.