Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

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Photos by Fritz Olenberger

By edhat staff

Chase Palm Park lost two mighty trees that were uprooted during an intense wind storm last week.

Photographer Fritz Olenberger shares photos of the trees in their glory days and their final resting place at 323 E. Cabrillo Blvd.

One tree was located near the restrooms while the other was located by the stage, both providing much-needed shade during the late summer heatwaves.

Fritz shares photos from the Barbara Ireland Run/Walk in 2018 and a 2016 Concert in the Park event to show these trees in their glory days.

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a-1588031484 Apr 27, 2020 04:51 PM
Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

Always so sad to see trees fall! An opportunity for the city to plant some new trees, maybe they can plant 2-3 for each loss?

SBRoses Apr 27, 2020 05:29 PM
Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

I agree. But sadly they will probably plant hideous native sycamores instead of something beautiful. The sycamores are depressing. The idea of keeping everything "native" is unnecessary anyway.

a-1588038939 Apr 27, 2020 06:55 PM
Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

SB is full of non native trees... hopefully they just plant trees that will go well with the climate and flourish while providing shade. Even something messy like Jacaranda would be nice.

a-1588038944 Apr 27, 2020 06:55 PM
Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

SB is full of non native trees... hopefully they just plant trees that will go well with the climate and flourish while providing shade. Even something messy like Jacaranda would be nice.

a-1588086820 Apr 28, 2020 08:13 AM
Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

Roses would be pretty but they are so full of thorns they should be banned from public gardens. PS If you are depressed by sycamore trees you should see your mental health specialist or move somewhere without such depressing conditions.

mtndriver Apr 28, 2020 09:16 AM
Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

The vast majority of the trees in town are not native, but they are well-suited to our climate. The trees that fell weren't palms, anyway.

Chip of SB Apr 28, 2020 08:55 AM
Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

It is sad to see a tree like that go. However, it is also fortunate it didn't kill anyone when it fell. I think the city has a tremendous liability in the form of countless large trees that are in poor health.

PitMix Apr 28, 2020 09:30 AM
Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

Sounds like you want to cut a lot of trees down? Last time a branch fell on a car from a city tree on my street, city said they had no liability. Maybe they have immunity?

Chip of SB Apr 28, 2020 10:51 AM
Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

I would prefer not to see a lot of trees taken down. However, many ought to be removed for safety, and many should be removed for aesthetic reasons. I would generally advocate for pruning and maintenance rather than removal. Many tattered and half dead trees could be healthy, beautiful, and safe if they were given the attention they deserve. Tree work isn't cheap, but neither is a lawsuit when a dangerous neglected tree hurts someone.

Ahlia Apr 28, 2020 01:03 PM
Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

It's interesting that not one comment has noted that the nearly 8 years of drought seriously compromised many of our trees ( natives & non-natives ! ) We got a lot of rain recently, softening the ground around them, and yes, we are going to lose a lot of trees. ..... Also surprised when people say Jacaranda trees are messy. I can think of few trees that aren't 'messy' in one way or another but most don't have the beautiful flowers & the lovely lacy shade that Jacaranda provide...... SBROSES thinks we have too many Sycamores ? I'd say that Oaks are the most common native trees that get planted these days. Take a walk in downtown State Street and see the variety of blooming trees we have :-)

Flicka Apr 28, 2020 02:01 PM
Chase Palm Park Loses Two Mighty Trees

I think Sycamores are beautiful trees. Native so they can stand droughts. Jacarandas may be "messy" but they sure make a beautiful mess.

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