Parks Committee to Hold Hearing Tomorrow on Tree Safety

Tomorrow, October 6th at 10:00 a.m., Melissa will chair a hearing of the Parks & Recreation Committee regarding the protection of parks users and pedestrians from damaged trees. Over the past few years, there have been a number of tragic incidents related to trees, one of the most recent being the death of Gianna Ricciutti, a six month old who was killed by a falling tree branch in Central Park this past summer.  The hearing will be held at 250 Broadway on the 14th Floor.

The snapped tree branch that killed Gianna Ricciutti in June. Photo courtesy of A Walk in the Park (

The hearing will focus on the Parks Department’s process for tree inspections and maintenance, if the current resources dedicated to Central Park tree maintenance is sufficient, what oversight the Department has over non-profit entities that manage public parks within the City and what steps are being taken currently for the upcoming winter season.


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