As I was browsing the Parker Parks and Recreation Facebook page (make sure to give them a like) the other day, I stumbled across a post that made me kind of sad – and of all things, I was sad about a tree!
Here’s what the post read.
This iconic, century-old cottonwood at Bar CCC Park has lived a good life: spending its Saturdays watching youngsters play ball, enjoying the company of cyclists passing by and providing shade to families walking the trail.
Back in 2002, its health began to decline and several steel cables were installed to support the tree and reduce the risk to park users. The tree has significant structural weaknesses and has steadily declined over the last decade with the rate of decay increasing significantly over the last two years. Those cables are likely the only reason that it is still standing.
It’s a part of the lifecycle, and this tired old cottonwood has come to the end of its safe and useful life as a park tree. The tree is scheduled to be removed next week but large pieces will live on as visual elements at the upcoming disc golf/dog park, scheduled to open in Spring of 2016. We are currently looking at replacement shade options for the area and giving extra love to the several trees that were planted in that park during Arbor Day 2008.
If you find yourself at Bar CCC Park or in the area on the Cherry Creek or Sulphur Gulch Trails this weekend, be sure to pay your respects to the great ol’ cottonwood and thank it for its years of service.
I was certainly a bit dismayed as this was one of the earliest trees I can remember climbing as a kid after baseball practice. I managed to get down to Bar CCC park and snap a few photos of the old tree before they chopped him down. RIP buddy, you will be missed!
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