Late Tuesday evening, person or persons unknown chopped there way deep into one of three large Washingtonia Palms near the 20th Street J Church stop. The damage was discovered this morning and Adrian Field, acting park service manager for Dolores Park and the Mission area immediately filed a police report and brought in the Rec and Park Arborist.
The arborist declared the tree an immediate hazard, it leaned over the MUNI tracks, and work began to take it down early this afternoon. The crew arrived, just as the crowd of sunbathers were gathering on Gay Beach. The tree crew needed to bring in two large cherry-picker trucks and a large pick-up through the Gay terrace. A path was cleared through the growing crowd and by 2 pm, the tree was down.