Maintenance in People’s Park
UC Berkeley is scheduled to carry out safety and maintenance work in People’s Park during the week of June 1, 2015. The work will focus on trees in the park that have been identified as in poor health or condition and that are potentially hazardous. Some trees need to be removed while others can be preserved with thinning or stabilization. Part of the work will also include mulching around the base of the trees to protect their roots. This work is being done to maintain the safety and cleanliness of the park as an open space.
UC Berkeley had a professional consultant arborist review all 155 trees in People’s Park in July 2014. The arborist identified several as being in poor condition and recommended removal of some of them. In December 2014, two of those trees fell during storms. Thankfully, no one was injured.
The methodology, assessment, and recommendation of the certified arborist’s review of the trees in People’s Park can be found here.
This regular maintenance activity follows safety work done in the park in late spring. The main goal of that landscape maintenance was making the park safer. UC maintenance will continue to focus on safety and remove any unsafe trees or items on the property throughout the year. We will also implement water-wise care of the park within restrictions placed by the state and our local water provider.
During the drought, we will not able to plant any new trees in People’s Park. Once the drought emergency is lifted, if planting plans are developed, we will share information publicly about our plan and our process for community input to the plan.
Any trees or other plants placed or left in the park without UC authorization will be removed and made available for pick up at the People’s Park office. If items are not collected within a week of removal, they will be disposed of.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Questions about this safety and maintenance work can be directed to Christine Shaff, UC Berkeley Real Estate, at (510) 643-4793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.