We’re continuing to document the work at the Elk Street entrance of Glen Canyon. Here are some recent pictures. It looks like what it was – a logged worksite where lately there were trees and bushes. We hope the realigned tennis court, the new playground, and the grand new entrance with native plants will be worth it.
These are some pictures of the logged slope around Alm Rd.
Most of the trees around the Recreation Center are gone now.
Here, below is the stump of the bee tree. Since we can’t go in there, we don’t know if the bees stayed. We hope they did. [Edited to add: They didn’t. HERE’s the story.]
But the greenery, the bushes you can see lower down in the picture between the road and the Rec Center? They all bear the white labels of doom. They’ll be gone, too, soon enough.
It looks bare from the road; there’s chain-link fence all around. A banner proclaims that SFRPD will plant 160 trees, even though that’s not exactly true: at least a quarter of the plantings will be shrubs. And the “trees” will be saplings – it will be take decades before they’re grown into anything like the majestic trees they’re supposed to replace.
Will Glen Canyon’s famous Great Horned Owl pair nest here this year? We don’t know. The season would be around now. We’ll post what we hear.
AND THERE’S VIDEO
You can find a link to a video, HERE. It’s Glen Canyon Park Demolition Project: Weeks 3 and 4 by neighbor Ron Proctor. He has been documenting the project in photos and video.
Regarding the bee tree stump …
That tree was cut down on Jan. 19. The agreement with Rec & Park was to cut the tree at 20 feet. It was cut at 5 feet. The colony’s nest was more than 5 feet tall from ground to top. The cut not only penetrated the top of the nest, it also split the trunk and exposed the entire length of the nest. By Jan. 21, most of the bees had left. A concerned resident/beekeeper attempted to rescue the queen and her retinue. We hope her effort will prove successful. Needless to say, this was a disappointing performance by the city in making good on it’s commitment and partnering with concerned residents who made a good faith effort to find a way to protect this resource.
Scott, thanks for this report. It’s really distressing; the plan to save the bee tree was the one bright spot, and that has not happened. We’ve posted this separately HERE.