Port Angeles’ Lincoln Park reopened after 100 trees felled

PORT ANGELES – Lincoln Park was reopened on Sunday after loggers finished taking down about 100 trees from the park’s south side, near Lauridsen Boulevard, on Friday.

The closure affected the entire park, including the baseball fields, for about a week.

“We still have some red tape up around the park, but it is reopened, we’ll remove all the tape on Monday,” Corey Delikat, assistant streets and parks superintendent, said Sunday.

The 100 trees were the last of 350 that were felled inside the park.

The cutting, which began the first week of September, was done to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration guidelines for runway glide slopes.

The three-year project was started by the Port of Port Angeles to clear the approaches to the William R. Fairchild International Airport, which is west of the park.

The runway glide zones must be clear enough to allow planes to safely circle around to make another approach to the runway.

FAA regulations require that trees – as well as other obstructions – must be cleared from 10,000 feet beyond the end of the airport’s main runway and 5,000 feet beyond the end of the alternate runway.

The city of Port Angeles, which owns the park, will sell the trees for about $50,000.

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