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30 Trees Removed in Bay Memorial Park

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - On Monday, a popular park and walking path said 'goodbye' to about 30 trees in Panama City.

The city ordered the removal, and said the tree's roots have cracked the asphalt in some areas of the Bay Memorial walking track.

Jessica Kelley and her kids ride around Bay Memorial park often. They notice what some roots have done to the park's asphalt.

"There's a bunch of bumps and cracks and things," she said. Safety is one reason why Panama City leaders said about 30 trees have to go.

"It's hard to ride the bikes"

Trees, mostly pines, too old, diseased, or causing damage to the walkway were removed.

In other recent and local tree removals, cities faced backlash from communities for removing the trees. However, because of the affect on the walkway here, that doesn't seem to be the case this time.

"I think in the long run, it will be a much better thing for the park."

"Trees get rotten and fall down," Bobby Smith, a resident, said. Smith said he's seen a lot of changes at the park.

"I came out here about 1999 because I was gaining a lot of weight," Smith said.

He's now seen trees, bushes and snakes removed from the park.

"I went on this long streak of walking for about 15 years," he said.

To him, this tree removal is just another part of the park's history.

"It's less cluttered," he said.

The city now plans to resurface the walkway.
 


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