Laura Schuman fromÂ the city’sÂ Urban Forestry Program (UFP)Â will be at Little Stacy PoolÂ on Monday, January 11Â at 2pm to meet with the neighborhood. She will be explaining and answering questions about trimming the oak tree hanging over the wading pool. All residents are invited to attend.Â The meeting will be at the wading pool.
The city has long had a problem with the low tree limbs over theÂ wading pool at Little Stacy.Â In the past,Â they did the best they could toÂ raise the tree limbs over the pool with minimal pruning.Â This issue came to a head over this last year when the Health Department raised concerns and would not issue anÂ occupancy permit for the pool if theÂ proper clearance over the water and deck could not be achieved.Â InÂ addition, they are requiring that the fence be raised to 6′ to prevent after-hours access to the pool.Â Â TheÂ city hasÂ been working to try to come upÂ with a solution to this that would minimally impact the tree while achieving the safety requirements.Â Don Gardner, a local Consulting Arborist, was hiredÂ to helpÂ the UFPÂ determine what pruning could be done without any negative impacts to the tree.Â Â They have worked together to assess the situation and have come up with a plan that theyÂ think will improve safety, accommodate a new 6′ fence, and meetÂ the requirements of the Health Department so that the pool can openÂ this summer.
UFP’sÂ Planning and Design group is working on redesigning the fence inÂ order to meet the 6′ requirement. Prior to the fence upgrade,Â they wouldÂ like to go ahead and prune the tree this month so they can get the work done before we get into oak wilt season.Â Â The arborist and UFPÂ have agreedÂ they will need to prune a bit more aggressively thanÂ they have done in the past, but not to the extent whereÂ they feel it will harm theÂ tree.Â Â They know how important this tree and pool are to the community,Â soÂ they would like to make sure the neighbors know about this upcoming work and are comfortable withÂ their plan. Right now,Â they areÂ planning on trying to get the work done towards the end of the month.