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Parks district begins tree removal for Cascade project

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    Crews work on cutting and hauling the trees from Cascade Park as renovations get underway.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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    Demolition crews work at removing trees from Cascade Park.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik said he doesn’t like to see trees coming down in Cascade Park, but such is the nature of progress and transformation.

A large number of trees were removed from the Hillsdale Court entrance off Furnace Street near West River Road on Wednesday afternoon as part of the park system’s reconstruction project.

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Demolition crews work at removing trees from Cascade Park.

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Ziemnik, reached by phone Thursday evening, said the Metro Parks has started its work in earnest. A new entrance will be constructed, he said, and the Metro Parks intends to redefine it, which requires lots of clearing and grading.

The area where trees were removed included a lot of scrub-brush, Ziemnik said, and future underground utility work necessitated the removal of existing trees.

Ultimately the face of the park will change, Ziemnik said, but new vegetation will be planted to replace what’s been removed. Ziemnik said it may not look pretty now, but when the transformation is complete in 2018, he thinks most people will be pleased.

“The expression goes, ‘To make the omelet, you’ve got to break a few eggs,’ ” he said.

Along with tree removal will come those who question what was ultimately more important to future park visitors: Old trees and familiar scenery or new amenities?

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Crews work on cutting and hauling the trees from Cascade Park as renovations get underway.

BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE Enlarge

And how many trees will be removed? Ziemnik didn’t know how many were removed Wednesday or how many more might be taken down.

The Metro Parks announced last week its plans to demolish and remove buildings and other structures at the once city-run property that is now leased by the Metro Parks. During construction, all access to the central portion of the park by the Hillsdale Court entrance, including the Nature Center and sledding hill, will be closed until further notice.

Work includes construction of a new entrance off Furnace Street, signage, parking, gates, shelters, play areas, restrooms and an overlook.

It’s going to take the better part of a year to get the central portion of the park open, Ziemnik said.

“It’s not like we are crazy about taking trees out, but it’s exactly what we had to do to get started on the renovations in the park,” he said. “We didn’t do this indiscriminately, and I hope people understand that.”

The revegetation process will begin in the late summer and fall, Ziemnik said.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.



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