The upgrade of Bloomfield Street Park, Cleveland has uncovered a decayed tree that will need to be replaced to ensure the safety of park users.
Division 2 Councillor for Cleveland Craig Ogilvie said an arborist report showed the tree on the southern side of the park was structurally unsound.
“The Poinciana was first transplanted from Birkdale Road back in 1992 as part of the original Bloomfield Street upgrade, and has remained a much-loved part of the Bloomfield Street Park,” he said.
“The arborist report indicates that the decay at the base of the tree is likely to have been caused by a combination of fungal, bacterial and insect attack and cannot be successfully treated.”
Cr Ogilvie said the removal of the tree is an unfortunate, but necessary step.
“It’s sad that the tree has to be removed, but it’s important we ensure the safety and comfort of those enjoying the park once it is reopened,” Cr Ogilvie said.
“The tree will be replaced with another Poinciana, to maintain the natural beauty of this popular green space.
“When planted, the new tree will continue to grow from its current height of 2.5 metres and will provide shade and protection to families for many years to come.”
The restoration of Bloomfield Park is an important step in the revitalisation of Cleveland’s CBD and will include improved seating and lighting, along with a performance area for community events and refurbished public amenities. It is due for completion mid-year.
For more information and regular updates on the Bloomfield Park transformation, phone Council on 3829 8999.