Dead trees and an overgrowth of grass and weeds have passed the medians of Hillside Avenue that stretch from Springfield Boulevard to 231st Street next to Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village for decades , according to Kirby Lindell of Bell Park Manor Terrace, a veteran housing co-op.
After years of highlighting the problem, which many in the Lindell neighborhood say has been a problem for decades, he had hoped that a tree removal process slated for September would take place this year.
However, as the Queens Chronicle reached out to the Parks Department for a specific date on the project, the agency said it was being postponed until next year.
“Tree removals along this part of the median will be completed by fall 2022,” a spokeswoman for the parks department said in a statement. “Due to an upcoming DEP project, we cannot provide an immediate schedule for the replacement of these trees as planting is not favorable during construction.”
After an analysis of the risk to public safety of the trees which included the assessment of each individual’s condition, its probability of impact and the consequences of the impact in the event of tree failure, the inspectors from the Park Service determined that those along the medians have a low risk rating and their removal was not required at this time.
In FY2022 to FY2023, the city’s environmental protection department has a future project to better manage stormwater and reduce potential flooding in Queens Village, according to a spokesperson. speech in an email.
“DEP has a green infrastructure project planned for some of the region’s medians. The start of work is scheduled for the 22/23 fiscal years, ”said the DEP spokesperson. “Given the scope of the work, construction would likely remove or affect the newly planted trees. “
The Parks Department spokeswoman agreed that any newly planted tree “risked 100% failure” to stay rooted if there was a concurrent construction project underway.
“This is to be expected – the delay,” Lindell said. “Then we will learn next year that it will be delayed for another year. These trees are dead and I have been reporting them for over five years. I have also reported the growth every year and this year it looks like a jungle. There is absolutely no excuse not to do this. He’s just passing it on so that next year they can say we’ll do it next year. They treat our region as if it were a third world country.