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Timber! Trees might go in South Greensburg park

| Thursday, June 26, 2014, 8:09 p.m.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Trees are marked for removal at South Greensburg Memorial Park on June 23, 2014 in South Greensburg. The work needs to be done, council President Clentin Martin said. “We’re getting rid of the dead trees, trees that are dangerous, and we’re thinning out,” he said. Some trees need to go so plans to move restrooms closer to pavilions can be completed, Martin said. Other trees may be moved.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
A large tree that stands next to the restrooms is marked for removal at South Greensburg Memorial Park on June 23, 2014 in South Greensburg.

Tara Nalevanko and Suzanne Borza oppose a plan to cut down trees at South Greensburg Community Park.

“I was sick over how much they are taking out,” said Nalevanko, who grew up in the borough. “There's hickory trees and beautiful white pines.”

“They're taking too many trees ... too many healthy, big trees,” added Borza, a Greensburg resident who enjoys going to the park.

Both women joined a few other people this month at a council meeting to oppose efforts by officials to cut down trees at the park off Huff Avenue.

The work needs to be done, President Clentin Martin contended.

“We're getting rid of the dead trees, trees that are dangerous, and we're thinning out,” he said.

Some trees need to go so restrooms can be moved closer to pavilions, Martin said. Other trees may be moved.

Council has discussed having Mountain View Lumber of Smicksburg, Indiana County, cut down the trees.

Sale of the wood could generate $10,000 to the borough, officials said.

“It's a win-win situation,” Martin said. “Anything we make is going back into that park.”

No one was certain exactly how many trees were tagged for cutting.

Some residents have been complaining about oak trees dropping acorns into their yards, according to Martin.

“We got people on both sides of the issue, as we always do,” he said.

Nalevanko and Borza said they would be willing to hold a fundraiser to pay for additional study by an expert to look into what trees should come down.

Trees posing hazards to park patrons should go, Borza said.

But council has its eyes on other trees, she said.

“We don't feel they need to go as far as they are,” Borza said. “It's going to bring more sun in and change the plants growing there.”

Once trees are gone, they can't be replaced immediately, Nalevanko said.

“Once it's destroyed, it will never come back,” she said.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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