Tree falls near Veterans Memorial Arch, crushes playground swings

September 26, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A Huntington park official is not sure what caused a large tree to uproot, fall over and crush nearby playground equipment near the Veterans Memorial Arch on Tuesday morning.

“Thankfully no one was hurt,” said Scott Miller, maintenance supervisor for the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District.

It was between approximately 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. when the large tree fell at the Memorial Park, knocking down some swings on a nearby playground. It’s unclear what caused the tree to fall, but Miller does not believe adverse weather or wind played a factor. The tree had been worked on before and “was in pretty good shape,” he said.

Trees within Huntington’s parks aren’t given thorough inspections, but are routinely checked to make sure branches are pruned back and the tree isn’t at risk for falling. The city regularly works with tree cutters, he said. An adult swing and a few children’s swings would need to be replaced after being crushed in the fall.

No one was there when the tree fell, he said. The park is located at 1300 West 11th Ave., west of the Veterans Memorial Arch.

Crews were clearing off the park by Tuesday evening and had cordoned off the area. They also closed off access to a nearby pedestrian and bicycle path along the Paul Ambrose Trail For Health, connecting the area to Harveytown Park.

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