PUD Parks workers expect to replant new trees of a different variety in the area once spring arrives. A suitable fast-growing variety will be chosen in consultation with the local Washington State University Cooperative Extension office since the area is highly prized for its shade on hot summer days.
The two maples, along with numerous other trees along the Riverfront Park trail, were identified as potential hazards in 2009, and the PUD has been keeping a close eye on the trees’ condition since then after removing a number of hazard trees in 2010. Arborists recently told the PUD the two additional trees should be removed for public safety due to cracks in the trunks and limbs.
Signs will be posted along the Loop Trail to guide walkers and bikers through the detour area. Full trail access should be restored by Friday.