UPDATE: Portion of a path at Avondale’s Willis Park closed due to falling tree limbsPhoto obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.
Avondale Estates said a tree shedding its branches has prompted the city to shut down a portion of the path around Willis Park.
“Due to safety concerns, a small portion of the path around Willis Park has been roped off to prevent pedestrians and others from accessing that immediate area,” the city announced. “A tree next to the path has begun to shed some rather large limbs, and has been deemed as unsafe for people to walk or travel under at this time. The portion of path, which is approximately 20 yards long, is on the Dartmouth Avenue side of the park directly across from 56 Dartmouth Avenue. Willis Park is remaining open, but we ask that people abide by the precautions and not cross into the roped off area. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
The city later confirmed that the tree will be removed.
“An independent arborist has alerted the City that it will be necessary to remove a 26-inch willow oak near the entrance of Willis Park,” the city announced. “The tree, which has been dropping sizable branches and limbs, has been found to pose a safety hazard. The tree is scheduled to be removed on Friday, April 20, with crews arriving that morning to begin preparations. During the removal of the tree, motorists and pedestrians should expect intermittent traffic delays in the area along both Dartmouth Avenue and Clarendon Place.”