Since my letter in the October 2 Gazette about an obstacle course of fallen tree trunks on the river pathway approaching the Jennan subdivision, this is the situation: the parks board did swoop in and do quite a bit of cutting. A sincere thank you for that. The bench has been restored to use and obstacles one had to climb over or squeeze under have been removed.
However, across the river from the western-most end of the fence beside the sewage plant remains the reason families have to navigate through extensive mud. A rather unique tree with four trunks joined at the base has fallen, blocking the original pathway. I cleared an alternate shortcut which avoids the low lying wet area but most people don’t notice it, so it’s squish squish squish.
In talking with the great-grandson of R. Thomas Orr, the legendary fonder of the park system, he suggested there are volunteers available to keep these paths clear. Why should that be necessary when the city has a parks board? Is it even legal for citizens to operate a chainsaw on city parkland? Very doubtful.
If the uprooted base of this four trunk tree, once severed, happens to fall into the river, it will decompose quickly when the Avon is mighty.