Scratching beneath the shiny, happy surface of a California suburb
January 13, 2010
Why? Who is removing the tree grove from Alma Park?
A Crazy, nature-loving reader was alarmed to spot this sight today as he was passing Alma Park, the two-acre city park nestled amid the apartments of Alpine Road and which is accessible from California Boulevard at Olympic Boulevard. He saw what he described as a "whole grove of nice-sized redwoods" being removed at the entrance of Alma Park.
I've e-mailed some folks in the city to see if they know what was going on in Alma Park Wednesday.
Alma Park is the city's 19th park and was developed for the city by Steve Seely, who built the Ivy Hill apartments.
This reader, who I know to be savvy about how things work in public agencies, pointed me to the page on the city's website that outlines the criteria that one might obtain a permit to remove trees.
"Seems like tree removal permits are far too easy to get," my reader says.