The tree was structurally unsafe,” Mr. D’Agostino said. “We could not leave it standing in a park any longer.” He said the tree showed signs of decay both at the base and higher up. The Forestry Division took the tree down while the ground was frozen so as not to tear up the park in warmer weather with ruts from the heavy equipment needed to remove the tree. By 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 1 there was not even enough of the tree left to hide a timid groundhog from its shadow.The old cottonwood tree at McCullough Park on Livingston Street came down earlier this week, as Forestry Division crews took it down for safety reasons. The park was known by some neighbors not by its given name but as “Tall Tree Park,” one former resident told the RoundTable.
Paul D’Agostino, superintendent of Parks/Forestry for the City, told the RoundTable he knew neighbors were fond of the tree and might want to hold some sort of farewell, so he notified the alderman of the ward several days ahead of the scheduled removal time.