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Press Release: Part of West Campus trail tentatively closed this week for tree removal

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Steve Ikerd
Acting Parks Director
253.835.6911
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Part of West Campus trail tentatively closed this week for tree removal

Weather permitting, the City of Federal Way Parks Department is scheduled to close a portion of the West Campus Trail on Nov. 13 in order to remove about 60 Cottonwood trees and several Alder trees that are diseased and have damaged the trail. The affected portion of the trail is from South 225th to South 320th streets. That portion of the trail will be closed approximately through December.

Cottonwood trees are not only prone to disease, they have fast growing, shallow roots and large overhead branches that cause problems both above and below the ground. Trimming costs as well as constant repair of buckling trails that present tripping hazards are straining the parks department’s budget. Earlier this year the City Council agreed to remove the most diseased and hazardous trees and to replace them with trees better suited for the soils and conditions along the trail.

The tree removal is slated for Nov. 13 – 28 and the asphalt repair will follow, lasting about a month. The cost for tree removal and asphalt repair is approximately $80,000. The City is currently soliciting bids for purchasing and planting the replacement trees.

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