Waterfront Toronto began work on York Street Park (Love Park) in July 2021, which will be a 2-acre park located at the southern foot of York Street and Queens Quay West in the southern Financial District and Harbourfront neighbourhood.
Due to an unforeseen site condition, our contractor, Somerville Construction, will remove one (1) Siberian Elm tree on site near the southwest corner of the site. This work is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2022. On-site investigations of the soil and root conditions of the existing tree by an arborist in coordination with Urban Forestry revealed that the tree is unstable due to its shallow root conditions. Despite best efforts to save the tree, mitigation of the tree’s instability is not feasible and tree removal was recommended so it will not become a hazard in the future park.
Once the tree is safely removed, it will be replaced with a large shade tree to contribute to the future tree canopy in the park.
Siberian Elm, as its name may give away is a non-native (and also invasive tree species)
While not a material threat to natural spaces at this location, it is not a real loss either.
Both for the reason above, and also because, as discussed earlier in this thread, the Siberians all seem to show symptoms of Dutch Elm disease this year, and were looking moderately unhealthy by mid-summer.
A replacement choice should be welcome here.