Trees, Toilets Take Wind Hits at Park

Two cedar trees and two porta-potties along Spinnaker Way on the edge of Cesar Chavez Park suffered damage in Tuesday’s wind storms.

The cold, northerly gusts estimated at up to 55 mph uprooted one cedar on the north side of the park’s access road, near the Hilton Doubletree hotel, and blew it into the street.  City of Berkeley Forestry Department workers arrived promptly and trimmed the fallen trunk back to allow traffic to pass.

The two plastic temporary rest rooms at that location, a few feet from the tree, were bowled over.

Further along Spinnaker Way, near the parking circle, a bigger cedar had one of its trunks snapped off.  The severed fragment also fell onto the road.  Forestry workers trimmed it back and installed cones to warn traffic.

Trees deeper inside the park survived Tuesday’s storm with little damage.  A large evergreen at the top of the west side ridge saw a minor branch snap off.  No other tree damage was visible by Tuesday sunset.

Wind gusts snapped off a major trunk of this big cedar near the Spinnaker Way parking circle.
Wind gusts snapped off a major trunk of this big cedar near the Spinnaker Way parking circle.
Tuesday’s north winds uprooted this cedar and laid it across the Spinnaker Way access road.
Wind blew these two porta-potties near the uprooted cedar off their pads and tipped them on their sides.

 

This large evergreen on the western ridge inside the park suffered a minor branch snapped off.
This large evergreen on the western ridge inside the park suffered a minor branch snapped off.

 

 

 

 

 

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