City to cut down more than a dozen trees in Waterfront Park

Fifteen trees will be cut down in Waterfront Park because they may be a risk to park visitors, according to city of Bainbridge officials.

City crews started looking at hazardous trees this summer after a large tree branch reportedly fell on the beach at the park.

In October, after the city hired a staff arborist, Nick Snyder, the arborist found that 74 of 76 trees in the park needed some type of action, from pruning to tree removal.

In his report Snyder said: “41 trees were dead, 11 were poor, 14 were fair, 8 were good, and 2 were rated excellent.”

Snyder recommended 17 trees be cut down.

City officials said a total of 52 trees will need to be cut down or undergo “significant pruning” over the next several months.

The work will be done this year and next, and the city also plans to replant 30 new trees and 18 large shrubs in the park.

The work is expected to cost $77,180.

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