West Seattle weather: Lincoln Park tree trouble

Thanks to Darlene Allen for the photo of a tree down on the north path at Lincoln Park. This is the first notable damage we’ve heard about from this morning’s windy, wavy weather (earlier coverage, including high-tide aftermath photos/video, is in our morning traffic/weather report) – but the wind advisory remains in effect until 4 pm, so please let us know if you see/hear about anything else – 206-293-6302, 24/7 – thank you!

8 Replies to "West Seattle weather: Lincoln Park tree trouble"

  • cj March 10, 2016 (1:08 pm)

    Well those who have been around L Park for a while know it is slowly caving in.  It might help if they were not cutting it back so much but yes I think it will someday.

  • NW March 10, 2016 (5:59 pm)

    I plan to go harvest some moss before the salt water of puget sound gets to it. 

  • John March 11, 2016 (9:20 am)


    It appears you are attributing a natural sloughing of steep bank to cutting what back?

    All over the Northwest our young glacially scoured fjords are constantly softening their shoulders.  This is happens on every developed or undeveloped Puget Sound bluff.  It has been going on for tens of thousands of years and is nearly impossible to stop.

    It is a myth that trees hold up a hillside.  Just check out the root ball on this big leaf maple shown.  It also looks to be poorly maintained with multiple trunks.  

    This is another example of the City of Seattle not having the funds to maintain their urban trees as well as those in private lands as reported  in a recent study.

    • melissa March 11, 2016 (11:09 am)

      It’s not an issue of poor maintenance. This tree was rotten inside. Walked by it this morning. And the wind blew really freaking hard that night after months of heavy rain. Don’t be a Chicken Little; it’s annoying. And Lincoln Park is well maintained. 

      • John March 11, 2016 (11:39 am)

        There is a huge backlog of park tree maintenace work.

        Your observation makes my point.   

        This hazardous tree should have been removed.

        If the tree had been inspected, they would have labeled it dangerous after seeing it leaning over the highly traveled pathway.  Inspection by an arborist also would likely reveal the rotting of this tree and another warning.

        • melissa March 11, 2016 (4:25 pm)

          Well, John, once the citizens of the state of Washington decide that taxes actually help us rather than harm us, we may have enough money in the coffers to take down dead trees and fully fund education. Now wouldn’t that be nice.

          • John March 12, 2016 (9:33 am)

            Melissa thanks for the reply. Unfortunately it is not purely a matter of tax supporters like yourself and me.  It is that when funds become available, they get siphoned of for other back ups of physical maintenance also long overdue or the more newsworthy  building new facilities.

            Wakeflood, I believe we can agree that the tree that came down was not healthy or stable.  It was overhanging and threatening the thousands of people passing under it.  I learned long ago to avoid the forested parts of Lincoln Park in windstorms after one bad experience. 

  • wakeflood March 11, 2016 (4:41 pm)

    Some significant percentage of our older big leaf maples (and other species) are infested with spalting fungus and are on their way out as viable trees.    Weather and time wins every battle but Lincoln park is well maintained as a rule.    I see evidence of it every time I visit, which is frequently. 

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