The city of Carpinteria has removed a row of Eucalyptus trees from the plot of land alongside City Hall that will soon become the Carpinteria Skate Park.
The tree work began last week and will be completed by the end of this week. Arborists and the city biologist were consulted before starting work, according to Tiffany Smith of Carpinteria Parks and Recreation. Once the trees are completely removed, a gravel parking lot can also be built.
The chips from the trees will be used as mulch in parks and the bluffs and some large, straight sections of logs are being saved to turn into benches, Smith said.
Other work in preparation for construction includes continuing to clear items stored in the old roller hockey rink and to recycle or give to surplus, if possible.
Chris Willingham, owner of Santa Barbara Tree Care, and his crew assisted the city with the tree removal.
The next task to building the skate park is to put the project out for bids which is expected to happen in the next two to three weeks.
“From the City Parks POV… this project is ‘ripe’!” Smith added.