Steps to save a large locust tree near the horseshoe pit at the Union Fairgrounds have been completed.
A crew removed dead limbs from the locust tree and installed a cabling system from the two strongest branches to help those with less strength.
Parks Director Angela Sullivan said that during a tour of the parks system, she identified three large trees in poor condition that were potential hazards.
“Professionals were contacted to evaluate each of them and determine the next step,” Sullivan explained. “Craig’s Tree Service was the only bid that recommended preserving the locust tree at the fairgrounds with proper thinning, removal of dead wood and adding a cable system for added support.”
The company also donated and planted two 15- to 20-foot trees adjacent to the locust tree that will provide added shade to the area in the future.
The company will maintain the trees for three years.
“Anytime you can keep an established tree in the park system is a win in my book,” Sullivan said.
The other hazardous trees, all of which have been removed, include the tree that was in the center circle of Rotary Park; the tree at the city lake with the Eagle Scout bench under it; and a sycamore tree that was in the small dog side of the K-9 and Kiddos Park.