Residents Concerned About Tree Removal in Walter Dick Park

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BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — Trees near Walter Dick Memorial Park in Brookville were a topic of concern for a few borough residents at Tuesday’s night’s meeting.

Alan King lives on Melba Lane, which is off Richardsville Road, near the east bank of North Fork Creek. He is concerned about trees being cut down that are in the park.

“Ivan Johns donated that land to the Fish For Fun project area in the park. The last time I saw him, he told me ‘Alan, take care of the ‘Peaceful Valley,’” King said.

Johns died a little more than five years ago.

Some members of council and borough Solicitor Jim Dennison pointed out that there isn’t anything they can do because the land is owned by the Brookville Municipal Authority.

“It’s really an issue for them,’ Dennison said. “That property was conveyed to the authority in 1983 from the borough. And as I understand it, most of the trees set to be cut are above the dam.”

Dennison is also the Solicitor for the authority.

“We’re not mad at the authority or at Matson’s (which has the contract to cut the marked trees), but we feel it doesn’t have to be done,” King said.

“I understand some of the trees that are set to be cut is because there is concern about their age and health and also the concern of large branches falling on the pavilion,” Dennison said.

“We’re not mad at the authority or at Matson’s, we just are concerned about how many trees are being cut and how it will affect the area,” King said.

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