Laurelhurst Community Club

Serving 2800 Households in Seattles Laurelhurst Neighborhood

 

June 6, 2003

 

 

Tom Hinckley, Director

Center for Urban Horticulture

University of Washington, Box 354115

Seattle, Washington 98195-4115

 

Re: Proposed Removal of Cornelian Cherry Trees

 

Dear Tom,

 

Thank you for attending the March meeting of the Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) Board of Trustees meeting to discuss the status of the reconstruction project at CUH. Your presentation was informative and much appreciated by the Trustees. The LCC also appreciates CUHs efforts to keep the neighbors apprised of its plans, and to solicit input from the neighborhood on issues of common concern.

 

During your presentation, you mentioned that CUH was evaluating the removal of several of the Cornelian Cherry trees on Mary Gates Jr. Memorial Boulevard, and invited members of the LCC and neighborhood to share their opinions on the issue.

 

Since that time, we have received nearly unanimous feedback: First, the neighbors appreciate the early notice and opportunity to participate in the decision making. Second, neighbors and Trustees alike expressed a strong preference toward retaining as many trees and other greenery as possible. Retaining the trees is consistent with CUHs mission and also serves as a critical noise and traffic buffer for adjacent neighbors. Finally, the trees are beautiful and attract birds and butterflies, which benefit both CUH and the neighbors equally. Accordingly, we were pleased to receive your email of May 1st suggesting that you too are in favor of retaining the Cornelian Cherries! We urge you to do all you can to preserve this beautiful stand of trees.

 

We look forward to hearing more about the construction plans at CUH and how LCC may support those plans.

 

Sincerely,

Jeannie Hale, President Bonnie Zinn, LCC Trustee

3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE 4828 NE 40th Street

Seattle, Washington 98105 Seattle, Washington 98105

206-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631 206-523-1843

jeannieh@serv.net bonniezinn@hotmail.com