Skate Park Vs. Trees

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

A new skate park is on the horizon for Bowling Green's Roland Bland Park.

But what does that mean for the trees?

"The Cypress trees over by Napa Auto Parts have been there for some time. There were a lot of clearly established trees that were in the park. There have also been some trees planted in the recent years in memory of different people that have passed on by family members."

Having to deal with moving symbolic items is something Commissioner Slim Nash says was a constant issue throughout.

"Anytime you're talking about moving a tree or transplanting a tree that's been planted in the honor of someone who's deceased, especially with this being memorial day weekend, it is something that is always in the back of our minds."

Even though the tree are a concern for the skate park committee, it was still the best fit for a place to put the skate park.

"Any site that we look at we look at for a number of reasons, varying reasons. And one of those reason is always what is the landscape that's at that property now and how can we maintain that landscape and use the park in the new way we want to use it."

So the city has decided to keep most of the trees in the park and only move some to a nearby area without cutting down or destroying any of them.

"There are about 10 trees that are out in the middle that have been planted for various reason in honor of various people. Any trees form 6 to 8 inches in diameter will be removed from the location and re-planted into another area."

Commissioner Nash says that if the land near parks and recreation isn't suitable for the trees, they will be placed in parks that are close to the families that requested them.

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