PORT ANGELES — The city parks department is still in “cleanup mode” after a windstorm knocked down at least eight trees in Lincoln Park on Dec. 14, Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Director Corey Delikat said.
Fallen trees and branches are strewn across the wooded park and playground equipment.
The gate at the main entrance to Lincoln Park is closed but the park remains open, Delikat said.
Delikat estimated that the storm caused $250,000 to $300,000 in damage to the Port Angeles parks system.
He could not recall a storm that caused as much damage to city parks.
The storm caused power outages that put most of Clallam County in the dark. Cleanup in Olympic National park is stalled by the partial federal government shutdown that began Dec. 22 and also continues elsewhere in the county.
One large tree crushed the parks maintenance building near the corner of 16th and F streets at the northeast corner of Lincoln Park, forcing the parks department to look for a temporary building to house its maintenance equipment.
“It is totaled,” Delikat said Thursday.
“The framework is competed destroyed.”
The maintenance building was unoccupied when the giant fir came crashing down.
“I’m just glad no one was hurt,” Delikat said.
City officials had no timeline for removing the debris from Lincoln Park.
“We’re in cleanup mode now, assessing everything and trying to regroup so that we can get going on next year’s work plan,” Delikat said.
“We’ve just got to get situated.”
Had the fir tree that crushed the maintenance building hit the nearby substation, it would have required a $1.5 million to $2 million repair, Public Works Director James Burke told the City Council at its Dec. 18 meeting.
“That was a big near miss hit on that one for electrical,” Burke said. “Unfortunate for the parks department.”
A tree also fell in Jesse Webster park and a fence near the Erickson Playfield tennis courts was toppled in the storm.
“In 2008, we had some damage, but nothing like this,” Delikat said.
“Nothing like wiping out our entire shop. Again, I’m just glad no one was hurt.”
West of Lincoln Park at William R. Fairchild International Airport, the Dec. 14 windstorm caused “significant damage” to the East and West Block Hangar, Port of Port Angeles Director of Engineering Chris Hartman said in memo.
Port of Port Angeles commissioners will consider an emergency repair contract for the hangar roof in a special meeting Wednesday.
Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected].