Lincoln Park Preventative Tree Maintenance

Updated: December 4, 2017

Lincoln Park Project Description

The Preventative Tree Maintenance crew is working at Lincoln Park to assess trees in the park's high-use buffer zone. Staff have focused on the bluff trail starting at the ball fields and heading south. Work completed includes the removal of an 80-foot Douglas fir tree with extensive rot that was located adjacent to the bluff path and a sitting bench, as well as the removal of hanging broken branches south on the bluff trail. The crew removed dead madrone trees and madrone tree pieces in danger of falling onto the trail, and have also worked on grinding fir stumps by the east entrance to the park.


October 2017-December 2017


Funding comes from the Seattle Park District's Maintaining Parks and Facilities initiative, under the associated project "Provide Clean, Safe, Welcoming Parks". Explore the Budget.

Preventative Tree Maintenance Overview

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) stewards 6,412 acres of land with more than 300,000 trees. SPR's Tree Preventative Maintenance Program works to systematically reduce tree associated risk in our park system by inspecting trees located within high-use buffer zones at 480 of our parks. The buffer zone includes any elevated use area (e.g., wading pools, beaches, playgrounds, playfields, paved surfaces) extending out 50 feet. There are an estimated 171,615 trees in the Seattle park buffer zones. 

All trees in these areas identified as moderate risk or above will be addressed, and all young trees will be pruned. The program aims to inspect trees in high-use buffer zones at all SPR parks within a seven-year period, after which the process will begin again. 

Program Objectives:

  • Reduce risk associated with trees in SPR parks
  • Improve the long-term health of trees in SPR parks
  • Systematically address tree listed in SPR tree inventory
  • Retain veteran trees in SPR parks. Larger trees provide more benefits to residents then smaller trees, so the removal of large trees should only occur when pruning methods have been deemed not feasible
  • Maintain and create habitat for wildlife. Consideration will be made for birds, animals and insects. Habitat will include nesting and foraging spaces. 
  • Provide a citywide environmental education and awareness of public tree management.