As part of a citywide effort to survey all trees in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, the agency identified 35 trees in Isham Park that need to be removed because they are dead, destabilized or pose a safety hazard to the public, the agency said. Some additional trees in the park have been tagged for ongoing monitoring and may be removed at a later time.
Most of the trees that are slated for removal are located along the heavily forested slopes of the park, Parks Department spokeswoman Tara Kiernan told Community Board 12’s parks committee. They range in age, though the agency would not specify the age of the oldest trees.
For each tree removed, a new one will be planted this fall, the Parks Department noted. The agency has chosen a combination of shade trees, conifers and native understory trees to replace those that are removed. Some of the new trees will evoke the era of the Isham estate, from which land was donated to create the park.
Isham Park is also currently undergoing a $750,000 renovation to install two water fountains that is slated to wrap up this spring. As a part of the project, the Parks Department is installing seven irrigation boxes for use in maintaining the park.
The Parks Department has planted more than 13,000 trees in Northern Manhattan since the start of the Millions Trees NYC project in 2007, the agency said.
The agency also plans to remove and replace trees in Highbridge, Fort Tryon and Inwood Hill Parks. More details will be available on those projects in April, the department said.