The recent accident in which an Elm tree fell and injured a mother and her three children in Central Park due to root rot should be a wakeup call for the Parks Department to begin immediate inspections of all street and park trees throughout all five boroughs.
With the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season approaching, this Herculean but necessary job needs to be accelerated. The Parks Department should subcontract this work to qualified arborists and tree companies.
The public deserves to be able to walk down the street and through parks without having to worry that trees will fall and injure or possibly kill them. We have thousands of healthy trees, but there are also many trees in declining health with weakened roots, fungal or insect problems.
We must prevent future accidents like the one that just happened in Central Park from occurring in other parts of the city.
Our trees are such an integral part of the landscape and bring much beauty and serenity to our streets and parks, and must be always maintained to make sure that they are in top condition.