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Manor Park Seeks Help to Recover From Storm

The wild nor’easter that sent waves crashing onto Larchmont’s Manor Park on March 13 left $150,000 to $200,000 in damages to sea walls, walkways, benches and other concrete. That was the preliminary estimate shared with the Larchmont Manor Park Society board on March 22, according to reports from Karin Sherman, the board president.

The storm whipped the waves at Larchmont's Manor Beach. Photographer: Don Sutherland.

Storm waters at Manor Park on March 13. Photo by Don Sutherland

Unlike other parts of Larchmont, there were no toppled trees. “Due to our tree maintenance program we’ve weeded out incompetent trees and as a result we are thankful for the minimal damage to the vegetation. We lost a few limbs, but no trees.”

After previous storms took out a number of giant trees, the park undertook a tree management program, beginning in 2006.

Rocks tossed up by the surf now line the path at the entrance to Manor Park.

Rocks tossed up by the surf now line the path at the entrance to Manor Park. Photos by Karin Sherman.

“However, the surf did enormous damage to the walk-out point” at Manor Beach, reported Ms. Sherman.  “In addition, some of the huge rock slabs that abut the seawall and are used as bench seating were uplifted and tossed off their bases in the storm. Can’t image the power that took!”

The surf knocked over the large rock slab that serves as a park bench.

There was also substantial soil erosion along the edges of the seawalls. Large rocks and debris were deposited many yards in from the edge of the wall at the Park Avenue end of the park, further damaging the landscaping.

Waves eroded soil and tossed rocks over the sea wall.

Waves eroded soil and tossed rocks over the sea wall.

In 2004 the Manor Park Society  raised over $1 million to fund renovations and create an endowment for long-term capital projects and annual  maintenance.  Among the anticipated projects were regular repairs to the beach walk-out point, which is particularly vulnerable to winter storms.

Entire sections of the beach walkway were destroyed in the storm.

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“Every year we budget for repairs for that part of the beach for maintenance, but this year the storm did tremendous damage to the concrete structure on a scale that we have never experienced before,” said Ms. Sherman.

The Manor Park Society is exploring various ways to cover costs of repairs, including an appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  In the meantime, it’s also making an appeal to its members and other supporters of the park.

“With springtime here and the warm weather on its way we are anxious to get the park back in order for visitors and the beach repaired for its members,” said Ms. Sherman.

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  • Tree huggers and Luddites

    Upon return from a business trip, assessing the future of 76 large Lombardy poplars, of which one toppled over during a fierce storm and subsequently killed a driver, I only now read the response of ‘Oh my Trees!’.
    My first observation is that our trees are such an intricate and important element in the landscape fabric, that they deserve better attention, care and understanding then that they often receive. After all, without trees we cannot exist as a species. And by the way, trees are always out in the open, they are our allies and if we write about them we do not necessarily have to address under a pseudonym.
    Oh my Trees! asks ‘where are the Luddites amongst us in this community’. It intrigues me in what context the Luddites relate to tree issues. Called a ‘Luddite’ in contemporary language describes a person who is wary of or dismisses modern technology and in respect of modern day’s tree management, nothing can be further from the truth. The technology is all there especially when it comes to tree risk management. I have been using, I might add with a high success rate, digital probing equipment to assess the internal condition of many trees in the Larchmont community and indeed at various places around the world to advise clients accordingly how to manage their trees. During the last storm many public trees were lost, but Local Authorities tend to shy away from modern survey methodology when it comes to managing roadside trees, on argument of, ‘once we know the true condition of a tree and if it fails, we can no longer call it ‘an Act of God’ which means that public liability insurance will not cover any damages. Hence many trees are still standing up with undetected structural problems and these trees are the first to fail under extreme weather conditions such as recently experienced. Oh my Trees! also asks why then do trees fall over in the woodland areas that are lacing our communities? Well, they fail because of the overall urbanisation process. Woodland areas are often functioning as [temporary] water catchments at times of excessive rain because of the fact that the urbanised and build up areas cannot absorb all the surface water and thus it runs off to the woodlands, thereby saturating soils and loosening root systems.
    I am responding to the last letter following on from an article about Manor Park, because Karin Sherman notes that the park sustained a lot of structural damage, but as result of earlier implemented tree management recommendations the very shallow rooting trees did not fall over; sure there were broken branches. I have been first hand involved in assessing the trees in this park and focused on the rooting conditions of these trees. It is all about improving growing conditions so that trees can anchor themselves better and the annual soil treatments appear to work.
    I am very concerned about the degree of tree loss after this last storm and what degrading effect this has upon our landscape.
    Maybe there is room to organize some public workshops around trees, so we can indeed learn from the last experience and understand trees better in order to live with them in harmony and develop better strategies for their management. If you are interested to help organize a tree discussion, please be my guest.