children's playground forthcoming in Ft. Myer Heights Park, Arlington County arborists recommended its removal. The Ode Street Tribune sought a second opinion from our neighbor Urban Forestry expert. He concurred with the tree's removal:
The tree is still leafing out but it appears about 40% of the remaining canopy/branches are dead (some of which hang over the park bench). It also has significant trunk damage and lost a large limb last year, and is a relatively undesirable species (Silver Maple) Rather than maintain a tree now in severe decline better to plant a new one nearby- the sooner that is done the sooner the new one can start growing. So I would just make sure that the tree is replaced with a new one once the playground work is completed.That is an expert opinion. The Ode Street Tribune believes that everyone is entitled to have a well-informed opinion. The Tribune believes that the old and disabled are important parts of our community and should not be removed.