Potential For Danger From Dying Trees at a Columbus Park
At Cooper Creek Park in Columbus the fun could quickly turn to tragedy because of rotten limbs which fall from dead or dying trees.
Many who go to Cooper Creek Park in Columbus, Georgia see some fallen limbs along some trails but few are aware of the potential for danger.
WLTZ was called recently to Cooper Creek park, right off Milgen road after an elderly couple complained the handicapped trail has been closed for about two years.
But it didn’t take long for our Don Hammond to notice there is a more immediate concern to the public that needs to be addressed before someone gets hurt.
Public parks are supposed to be a place for family fun, maybe solo reflection or even some exercise.
But at Cooper Creek Park in Columbus the fun could quickly turn to tragedy because of rotten limbs which fall from dead or dying trees.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in this country about 100 people a year are killed by falling trees or limbs.
While the majority occur during strong winds, some happen in public places when conditions are calm.
Because of bug riddled or otherwise rotten root structure, dead and dying trees will eventually fall and it’s not hard to tell when park personnel should take action to protect the public.
The Georgia department of natural resources was sued earlier this year by the family of a 15 year old girl who was killed by a falling rotten tree in a public park.
Hammond says, two guys with a chain saw who know what they are doing could correct the most immediate dangers on the open trails in this park in about a day or two.
That would be a lot cheaper than a tax payer funded lawsuit based on neglect that could cost Columbus tax payers millions.
WLTZ’s Don Hammond says he has made a couple of calls to the Columbus Parks and recreation Department but so far has not received a response to his request for an interview on what the city might do to address the issues, or if they are even aware of the complaints at Cooper Creek park