For some of those kids in the cars, that will prove to be the narrowest escape they will have ever had in their lives

COURTESY OF KOIN-6 NEWS - From front to back, this parked car one of several flattened by a falling tree at Creston Park. Although some of the cars that were hit by the tree contained children, amazingly, nobody was injured. Although Creston-Kenilworth neighbors, and users of Creston City Park -- just south of S.E. Powell Boulevard — have said they've complained about the condition of trees there before, their concerns apparently did not reach Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R).

If heard, their concerns about trees and limbs falling had not resulted in any action taken by PP&R. That is, until Monday evening, July 11, just after the Creston Outdoor Pool and closed, when people were heading back to their vehicles in the parking lot On that warm and windy evening. That was when a huge tree snapped just above the ground, crashing down onto several parked cars, crushing them on the park's west side.

Although some of the vehicles were occupied by children at the time, by great good fortune no one was injured. A witness told reporters, "A branch went through one of the windshields, and the car itself was bent in half."

Voters approved a PP&R Parks Levy, in part, to pay for proactively maintaining trees. However, PP&R officials told reporters that the Bureau has not yet been able to hire enough skilled arborists to attend to the 1.2 million trees under their care.

If you see a tree on City property appears to pose a risk, report it right away by email to — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — or call 503/823-8733.

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