As the summer season approaches and more and more people fill the sidewalks and parks of our city, are the thousands of trees in the city safe to walk under?
The Parks Department is responsible for the maintenance and inspection of all street and park trees, and the job of maintaining and inspecting them is nothing less than herculean.
While the Forestry Division in each borough works very hard to do this job, certainly many more professional arborists, pruners, climbers and tree inspectors should and must be hired. The Department of Parks should request state and federal assistance in order to get this massive task completed.
With early predictions of yet another very active Atlantic hurricane season, this should be another impetus for the Parks Department to get moving on this.
New Yorkers should be able to walk down tree-lined streets and in parks without the fear of a tree falling on them.
When home or business owners request that a tree in front of their property be removed because they feel it is a hazard, those trees should be taken down without question.