The broken limb caused so much damage to the tree in Brookyn that the rest was taken out

RITA A. LEONARD - The fallen limb in Brooklyn School Park was determined to have compromised the whole tree, which was then removed. A giant oak limb fell onto the Brooklyn School Park playground around noon on Wednesday, July 21. The limb was over two feet thick, and supported five or six additional branches above the main break. Heavy summer foliage growth appears to have been what led to the damage. City crews were notified, and they arrived and installed yellow caution tape, and began an evaluation of the condition of the tree itself. There appeared to be no collateral damage to the park, since the limb fell parallel to S.E. 16th Avenue, covering about half the distance between the tennis courts and the baseball backstop. No injuries were reported.

The break point on the tree showed indications of a prior break sometime in the past; and, by week's end, the tree's damage was deemed irreparable, so the entire tree was marked for removal and was soon reduced to two piles of bark chips, which were left in the park – perhaps to replace the chips that have been tamped down on the playground from frequent use.

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