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Metro Parks turns focus to removing hanging limbs from trees

While there has been amazing progress in a just week to recover from the record windstorm, there is still lots to do.  Most of Louisville's 123 parks suffered damage and clean up efforts are just now getting underway.

Last week, most park maintenance workers were pulled from their regular duties and assigned to help clear streets and roads.  So this week as they return to park maintenance they will be playing catch up at Central Park and other parks all over town.

"Those trees have seen their better days and they simply, could not stand up to 70 mile an hour winds" said Herb Fink, Old Louisville Resident.

Old Louisville landscape architect Herb Fink is saddened to see some of Central Park's largest oldest trees were lost.  But some younger trees also suffered as the senior citizens went down.

"Unfortunately, they have fell on some better trees and so we have whole groves that have been wiped out," said Fink.

In Cherokee Park, Metro Parks estimates more than 100 trees have fallen.  If they are on the ground, they are probably going to be there for a while.  Metro Parks top priority is going to be going through parks and removing limbs that are hanging from trees that could easily fall on somebody.

The picnic shelter at Hogan's Fountain lost many of it's wooden shingles.  But Metro Parks says the good news is damage to buildings and equipment wasn't too bad in most parks.  So, they mostly face a job of cleaning up and replacing lost trees over time.

"Some of these trees are four and four and a half feet in diameter and it's going to take heavy equipment to get them out of here," said Fink.

The clean up is not likely to be easy.  Damaged is widespread so there are more than 100 parks needing attention.  There will be special issues along the way.

One tree, which lost it's top in Central Park has upset a community of bees which lived inside.  So removing it will be a delicate operation.

Central Park is a popular oasis during the St James Art Show.  Since St James is just 10 days away, park maintenance will spend a lot of time getting it back in shape.

On Saturday morning, Old Louisville volunteers are planning a clean up to help out.

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