150-year-old rotting tree removed from City Hall Park

Photo by Mike Bewick  Dearborn Department of Public Works remove a tree — estimated to be about 150 years old — from City Hall Park after discovering it was rotting inside.

Photo by Mike Bewick
Dearborn Department of Public Works remove a tree — estimated to be about 150 years old — from City Hall Park after discovering it was rotting inside.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — An oak tree — estimated to be 150 years old — that stood in City Hall Park was removed after a recent storm revealed it was rotting on the inside.

Department of Public Works employees first started working on the tree on July 17, after a large limb fell as a result of storms in May and June.

It was determined by DPW that the tree’s trunk was hollow and unsafe to remain standing, so the department took the tree down in stages over the course of a week.

Special events and weather delayed the removal but full removal was completed July 24. A new tree will be planted in place of the old tree.

The tree originally was estimated to be about 300 years old, but a ring count by DPW workers determined it to be about 150 years old.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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