As active members of the Edmonds community and residents in the “Bowl”, we were recently given a copy of the new Landscape Plan for the new Civic Park between 6th and 7th Avenues. The plan looks great! The park is a dream come true and for those of us fortunate enough to live neighboring the park, it will be a glorious addition to our community. Indeed, it will be a wonderful meeting place for all of Edmonds and visitors, alike.
However, once we saw the selection of the trees from the landscape architects, we became quite alarmed. We did some research, carefully looking up the botanical names to make sure I was looking up the correct varieties. Over half the trees will reach heights of over 50 feet. One could reach 100 feet (the Bald Cypress). Do you realize how tall a 50-foot tree is? We do! It’s essentially the same height as the tall light poles in the current playing field. We counted almost 60 trees that will reach at least 50 feet. That’s a forest, not a park! These trees will unfortunately create a significant barrier to the views of Puget Sound for residents and visitors. It may take a few years to happen, but it will eventually happen! Trees just naturally want to do their thing and grow!
There are so many beautiful trees that are in the 20 to 25-foot category. We don’t want to come across as people who hate trees because we love them! As we all know, homeowners’ views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Range are highly valued. We understand the Parks Department is doing some research to find trees that are in the 30-foot category at maturity, but that is still too tall. We would hate for our children and grandchildren who live here long after we’re gone to hear there was once a beautiful view of Puget Sound but now they can’t see it for the trees.
These are what we researched and are the trees in question:
Bald Cypress – 50-70′ (Taxodium distichum)
Western Red Cedar – 40-50′ (Thuja plicata ‘Hogan’)
Black Gum – 30-50′ (Nyssa sylvatica)
Bonfire Sugar Maple – 50′ (Acer saccharum ‘Bonfire’)
We will be attending the next city council meeting on Monday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 250 5th Ave. N, Edmonds (due to the election, they changed the regularly scheduled day from Tuesday to Monday). For those of you who are concerned about the selection or height of the trees, this is your chance to be heard in three minutes or less. Hope to see you there.
Maxine and Bill Mitchell