News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

11/24/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 11/24/2010
Subject :

City to Host Two Community Meetings for Input on Remaining Eucalyptus Trees near Children's Play Area at Eleanor Pardee Park
Contact : Mike Sartor, Acting Director of Public Works    650-329-2270
Greg Betts, Director of Community Services    650-463-4951

Palo Alto, CA – Community opinions have varied about the health and safety risk of ten eucalyptus trees at Eleanor Pardee Park near the children’s play area so the City has scheduled two additional community meetings on December 1 and December 8. Both meetings will be held from 7 – 8:30 PM, at the Fireside Room of the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The public is invited to attend and provide their comments and input.

Two community meetings are scheduled to discuss the conceptual tree replanting plans for Eleanor Pardee Park. At these meetings, residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the conceptual plans. These meetings are hosted by the City of Palo Alto's Community Services and Public Works Departments and the consulting arborist will be in attendance.

The goal of the December 1 meeting is discuss the findings of Torrey Young, the independent arborist who evaluated the eucalyptus trees, and the conceptual drawings of Landscape Architect Eddie Chau for the selection, placement and arrangement of replacement trees at the corner of Channing Avenue and Center Drive in the area where eucalyptus trees have been removed. The experts will answer questions about the selection and arrangement of the trees in the two plans. 

Public comments will be collected and the popular elements of both plans synthesized into a second replanting plan. This revised planting plan will be reviewed with the community on Wednesday, December 8, at 7 PM, at the Fireside Room of the Lucie Stern Community Center. 

Copies of the two arborist's reports and evaluations can be found on-line at
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/environment/news/details.asp?NewsID=1650&TargetID=64 or are available at the reception desk of the Lucie Stern Community Center during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 6 PM.

Visit http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=25440 to read the recent report to the City Council at or call (650) 496-6950 for more information on this issue.

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BACKGROUND
In January 2010, shortly after a limb fell from a eucalyptus tree at Eleanor Pardee Park and nearly hit a park visitor, the condition of sixteen eucalyptus trees was evaluated and staff began a series of meetings with the public to discuss the trees. In addition to their evaluation and diagnosis by the City Arborist and an independent arborist, efforts to reach out to the neighbors and users of the park to keep the community informed of thee evaluations, as well as an update on how to move forward with the planting of replacement trees in the park with input from the public and park users. In January 2010, shortly after a limb fell from a eucalyptus tree at Eleanor Pardee Park and nearly hit a park visitor, staff began a series of meetings with the public to discuss the trees. Public meetings were held on February 24, March 11, June 8, and September 23, 2010.

During the summer of 2010, six of these trees were deemed hazardous and required removal. Five have been removed. The removal of the sixth tree has been delayed because of an active bird nest in that tree. There are two additional, but unrelated trees that need to be removed, separate from the discussion about the Eucalyptus trees on December 1 and 8,  because a) Redwood tree is dead and b) final Eucalyptus tree in the original  listing of diseased trees can now be removed because the nesting bird is now gone. 

Since the last public meeting on Eleanor Pardee Park trees on September 23, where the findings of the independent consulting arborist’s report on the condition of ten remaining eucalyptus trees were discussed, City staff has been working to further evaluate the condition of the trees and to prepare a draft conceptual plan for the planting of replacement trees in this area of Pardee Park. 
 





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