Tree removal & mitigation, tennis court damages, as of 09 Feb 2018  

From: Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village <Contact@StakeholdersSGV.org>
Subject: Willow Street-Bramhall Park; tree removal & mitigation, tennis court damages Date: February 9, 2018

To: Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services (PRNS), City of San Jose

On Wednesday 07 February 2018, some issues advanced when the city came out to Willow Street-Bramhall Park to remove a tree in front of the tennis court. This particular tree that was removed is in front of the tennis court, on Willow Street, near the walkway and gate to the tennis court at the Glen Echo, also near the Bocce Ball court.

As maybe you already know, the workers cut down the tree at about 3:30 PM, when it then fell on the fence that encloses the tennis courts. Now two or three of the vertical poles on the fence needs to be repaired, as well as its upper horizontal bar. This section of the fencing is now warped or out of shape.
People who regularly use the court already complain that the pavement is cracked in several areas, although I understand that the city is considering repaving the court in the near future if the budget schedules allow this. Unlike any other feature in the park, the tennis court is probably the most popular of the park’s amenities other than the children’s playground. It has constant use on a daily basis, and throughout the entire year, including holidays. It also has a regular following of users that have cared for the court for decades… quite literally. We actually recognize many of these people, because they are that regular, generational, and dedicated.
What is the schedule for repairing the fence? Beyond that, what’s the schedule for repairing the entire court itself, such as the pavement? You can see photographs of the damaged fence attached to this email, as well as in the attached link to Google Photos (shared online)
Now that this tree is removed, you will now notice that there are only four full-grown trees fronting Willow Street and the tennis court, where there was originally seven just two years ago. In addition to the photographs in this email, also see the attached photograph album at the Google Photos link here:
  • Bramhall-Willow Street Park Tree Mitigation,
    from 23
    July 2016 to 08 February 2018
    Location
    : Willow Street, from Glen Eyrie Avenue to Glen Echo
    (Aside the tennis courts, from north of Glen Eyrie gateway path, towards Glen Echo walkway, at Bocce Ball Bowl) See photograph album at Google Photos link here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/FRWf2W3GwmmnoZ7h2
Status as of 08 February 2018: One Red Oak tree towards the front of this attached picture has since fallen although its roots are still embedded in the ground. Behind that is another variety that has also fallen, although it is regenerating from its stump. Down the line, there are now only four trees remaining in front of the tennis courts at Willow Street; whereas, two years ago, there were originally seven trees here.
What’s attached here in this email is a small sample of what we have found all over the park, just over the last two years. In actuality, there are hundreds of trees in the park that are in need of attention. We would like to meet with you again to discuss the mitigation of trees and other landscaping in Willow Street-Bramhall Park. It is my understanding that the new Concession Building is scheduled to be completed and opened as of this summer, while the improved Bowling Green is already in use. While there are other improvements required in the park, we would like to discuss how best to prioritize the various options on the budget schedule, as well as how to best improve the ecology of the park. Many trees are showing signs of sickness, well beyond the ones fronting the tennis court on Willow Street. How can we begin to address this problem, and what are our options?
We also think it’s time to start creating a plan for the environmental conservation and green print, beyond the structural and built improvements, use contracts, and so on. Here’s an idea of the kind of discussion that needs to take place:
  • How can we reverse the environmental degradation?
  • How can we regenerate the arboriculture (trees) and other vegetation?
  • How will we choose the preferred greenery? Can we replace them with new, healthier, and stronger varieties?
  • What is the rate of sick and dying trees in need of mitigation? How soon can these trees be replaced, and how long will new trees and plants take to mature?
  • Can we increase the greenery? And how can we maximize those plantings for the best outcome?
  • Can we have trees donated? What’s the best process for this? And how will they be planted, and maintained?

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