Don’t expect a lot of shade in Marine Park anytime soon.
The city Parks Department is so busy taking toppled trees away from the three-block greenfield between Avenues U and S that they have no plans to replace them, a move that will certainly leave neighborhood park goers baking in the sun this summer.
“Right now we’re taking the trees out of there,” Brooklyn Park and Recreation Manager Laurence Major said March 24 — two and a half weeks after the nor’easter wreaked havoc across the borough — adding that reforestation efforts for the park would be “something we will review and explore” in the future.
The city Parks Department didn’t have any good news either.
“It’s really too soon to discuss replanting strategies for those trees lost by the storm,” a Parks Department spokesman said. “They will be replaced, but we’re still assessing all of the areas affected.”
Major said that 53 trees were knocked over in Marine Park — which is already quite sparse when it comes to flora and fauna. An additional 60 trees were knocked over in the surrounding neighborhood, Major explained, adding that the storm slain 350 trees from Bay Ridge to Canarsie.
Right now all of these dead, broken evergreens and oaks are being dragged to Marine Park, which has become a makeshift morgue in the city’s clean up efforts.
The toppled over trunks and shattered and severed limbs will stay in the park until they are carted off to Queens to be chipped, Major said.
Dorothy Turano, District Manager for Community Board 18, said it was “hard to believe” that there were no plans to replace the fallen trees.
“We would never let that park be neglected,” she said. “When I grew up, that was my park. That’s our treasure. You can bet your bottom dollar that they’re going to be replaced, even if I have to replant those trees myself.”
“We’re asking you to be patient,” Major said as he addressed members of the 63rd Precinct Community Council, adding that if any trees are replanted, they would be mere shadows of their predecessors.
“You’ll never live long enough to see that tree as large as the one it replaced when it went down,” he said.