My Edmonds News was alerted Thursday night that more than 30 trees have been slashed at Edmonds’ Hutt Park in the Seaview neighborhood.
Edmonds resident Laura Martin discovered the damage on Thursday and reported it to Councilmember Diane Buckshnis, who lives in the area, around 6 p.m.
“There are more than 30 trees vandalized,” Martin said in an email. “Most of the trees damaged/killed are maples. Presumably because the lumber of a maple is soft enough for a hatchet to lacerate. Judging from the decomposition (or lack thereof) from the leaves attached to the limbs that have been completely severed, many of the damaged trees had to have been hacked within the past week or less.”
Buckshnis, who lives in the area, noted that she was in the park last weekend and didn’t notice any damage. The first maple tree at the park entrance “is completely destroyed,” she said.
Buckshnis said that city parks officials and police have been notified.