Part of Edmonds’ Yost Park trail closed due to fallen trees

Photo and map courtesy City of Edmonds

A large section of Edmonds’ Shell Creek Trail is closed due to damage caused by fallen alder trees, the City of Edmonds said Friday.

The trees came down Thursday, and parks staff started repairs to the boardwalk and stairs Friday morning, the city said.

The trail is expected to reopen Oct. 15.

  1. As people no doubt know, alders are ticking time bombs. They regularly fall over as they reach a certain age. And yet the city tree ordinance does not allow cutting them down. It seems to me the city should decide what type of trees might make a good replacement and promote those, as cities have done elsewhere. We have several alders ready to fall over in our back yard, but unless they threaten the house, we can’t touch them. If they are going to destroy a shed or a fence, then that is too bad.

  2. I walked all over Yost Park Thursday evening with my 2 dogs, I was right there where the tree fell twice during my walk. It must have fallen very soon after I left. I feel lucky!

  3. Not to mention the young lady who was killed by a falling alder in Meadowdale Park a few years ago. There are so any leaning alders there you have to keep your eyes on the trees.

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