The Regional Airport Authority wants to spend $250,000 to remove a massive amount of trees in neighborhoods and parks surrounding Bowman Field. There’s a public discussion on the 19th to unveil the plan. Greg Fischer’s office gives the standard fluff response that the FAA requires this move for safety.
But many of you will remember several years ago when this same group of folks decided additional airspace was required and tried to grab tons more property. The Airport Authority wanted to buy 200 acres of Seneca Park and said the FAA was forcing them to do so. Until, of course, the truth came out and the city found out the FAA had nothing to do with it. The Authority then backed off.
Surely you’ll understand why people are skeptical of this latest move.
We find it extremely ironic that Fischer recently started a “Tree Board” to protect and grow the city’s green canopy. And now he and his people (Hi, Chris!) are advocating for the removal of thousands of trees without being able to back their claims up.
This city loves its parks so much that it’s on board with River Fields – with the exception of its bridges craziness – and Greg can’t pull the wool from his eyes long enough to comprehend that he’s got some explaining to do.