Just in case you didn't see this already - one of the huge trees at the corner of Alaska and Rainier north of the library fell last night. There was a very very loud crack and then it was down. They are already grinding it up. It is very sad to see an empty space there. It was actually half of one of the three trees that have been there probably since before there was a Columbia City.
Date: 20 May 2009 18:38
Number of posts: 10
RSS: New posts
I asked Parks if they would save some log rounds or some for kids to play on and people to sit on in the park. I encourage others to do the same. I tried Deputy Superintendent Christopher Williams and got no answer. There's a directory at seattle.gov/directory, but if anyone knows who to contact.
Great idea David. When they were updating the park, I suggested something similar, inspired by this:
Title: Three people on log bridge, Columbia City, 1896
Caption: The big log served as a bridge between East and West Columbia. At Edmunds Street it spanned a gully through which ran a creek. the creek ran behind Columbia School and Columbia Library, crossed Rainier Avenue at Alaska Street, and ran east and north to empty into Wetmore Slough and Lake Washington.
Notes Handwritten on verso: This log was the only way to get across to canyon to west Columbia, location west out of Tradewell's store Edmunds St.
the creek came from Hitts Hill, and a lot of us want to daylight part of the creek
I've spoken a few times with the Parks Forester in charge of our iconic Big Leaf Maples. Here’s what I found out:
- It is most likely that the tree that failed due to rot in the storm will possibly fail again and will have to come down entirely within the next month.
- The trees are very old and are considered to be overly-mature for their species.
- To maintain the remaining 2 trees Parks will also be reducing their crowns to lessen their weight factor.
- No time estimate was given but most likely these 2 trees will have to come down at some point in the near future as well.
- The trees are under Landmarks protection and therefore Parks will have to go through Landmarks review process before they do any more removal.
- Parks will probably advise replanting the same native species of Big Leaf Maples.
The good news is that since the trees are an important part of our history, Parks is open to donating the wood to our community to help commemorate them.
The salvageable wood of the fallen tree has been moved to a nearby Parks storage facility and not to the chipper or the highest bidder.
However, to keep them there Parks would like to see that we are taking some pro-active approach to rally our community and chart a new course for our dear old trees. That's right, we need A PLAN.
So what do we need to make happen some really cool commemorative arts project(s) with our old friends?
Please add to this list:
Ideas: public benches, tree sculptures, farmer’s market music pagoda, goblets… If we do go the route of park furniture, such as benches, it is possible that we can ask Parks to maintain them for us. The idea keeping the logs on the ground for kids to play on is not feasible due to safety, rot and Landmarks.
Volunteers: Are there any citizens with public arts project management experience interested in taking this on? Any grant writers out there willing to help?
Funding: Parks Levy Committee, Seattle Parks Foundation, Seattle Arts Commission, and Department of Neighborhoods…
Artists: Are there any wood artists out there who have ideas and would like to submit a proposal?
Space: Where do our benches, sculptures, pagodas, etc live?
What are your thoughts and ideas?
Thank you Julie for following up on this!
Some of the best place-making opportunities don't need to be over-analyzed.
The idea keeping the logs on the ground for kids to play on is not feasible due to safety, rot and Landmarks.
Call the logs play equipment, and our first thought is "unsafe". Call them benches, habitat, or heritage, and it should be A-OK. Rotting is what logs do, and a park is a fine place to let them do their thing. Let's enjoy them while they last.
Julie - thanks for the research and mutual feelings.
I get more excited as I talk to others. I like the idea of a gathering area installation or a couple of them. Could give a log cut to different local artists to create an installation along with a couple local carpenters to create sitting area, respecting. Do a carving of a book in honor of the library and other historical or diverse cultural icons (what could a seat look like in different countries?). Get kids from Orca engaged in assembling it or adding to it.
First step may be asking orgs and individuals to sign on to support the project to then give us time to craft the detailed plan. Could be a good Neighborhood Matching Fund application. Any others interested in coffee (or other cuppa' and brainstorming?
|Read other recent posts.|