Destructive trees recently removed alongside neighborhood sidewalk

As the sun sets two people walk a dog along Mary Place in Claremont where several large pine trees were recently removed. According to Director of Community Services Jeremy Swan, a resident on the street complained that the trees’ roots were making the decomposed granite sidewalk impassible by a wheelchair which could be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Swan said the roots were raised above the DG pathway by one to two inches which clearly made it difficult to navigate on wheels. City staff made the decision to remove the trees which were also damaging the street. The DG sidewalk will be repaired in tandem with a larger project to improve Mary Place itself. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger


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