Pine Tree Injures Man in Washington Park
An Alameda resident suffered serious injuries Friday, March 23, after a tree fell on him in Washington Park.
The man was watching his daughter play in a varsity softball game for Encinal High School’s Jets at Lower Washington Park when a large pine tree fell on him, according to a city press release. First responders were on the scene to transport the unidentified victim. The parent was taken to a local hospital where he is in serious, but stable condition. He remained hospitalized as of Monday, March 26.
“Our thoughts are with this Alameda father, as he begins his long road to recovery,” said Sarah Henry, Alameda Public Information Officer, in a press release.
The Alameda Recreation and Parks Department believe the tree collapsed due to wet soil from recent rainy weather and a sloped landscape. Staff also updated residents on measures the city is taking to ensure this does not happen again.
“(Monday) morning, a maintenance supervisor for the Alameda Recreation & Park Department assessed all of the trees on the slope at Washington Park with a tree contractor, and an arborist will be doing a further review (Tuesday),” according to the press release. “An additional assessment of all park trees in Alameda will be completed over the coming weeks.”
The fallen tree was removed right away, and workers removed a second tree on Monday in an abundance of caution. They also assessed the other trees on the hill.