David Rosen
A series of mature trees along Fauntleroy Way were removed last week by Seattle Parks after being deemed a hazard. Some of them were damaged in storms last winter. Parks is working on a plan to replace them with similar size trees.

Wondering what happened to the trees on Fauntleroy Way?

The trees along Fauntleroy Way, spanning the length of Fairmount Park were cut down last week causing many people to inquire with the Herald as to why. We got the definitive answer from Joelle Hammersted of Seattle Parks:

"The trees were removed for hazard. The species and growth of the tree has made them unreliable.

They were pruned to mitigate hazards and slated for removal as part of the sidewalk replacement program in 2015 in cooperation with SDOT.

We are removing the existing trees to assure that the new grade school bus loading zone is safe this year.

A plan is in development to replace similar size trees in a manner that will not disrupt the new sidewalk.

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