Shoreline council to respond to community concerns about removal of trees during sidewalk construction

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Citizen protest on 15th NE
Photo courtesy Peggy Williams
On September 11, the Shoreline City Council will discuss the tree impacts resulting from the 15th Avenue NE and 5th Avenue NE sidewalk rehabilitation projects and the N/NE 155th Street overlay project. 

All these projects involved repairing sidewalks, curbs, and gutters damaged by tree roots and required the removal of trees. 

The goal for repairing these sidewalks was to make them safe and accessible for people of all abilities.

In response to community concerns regarding tree impacts associated with these projects, staff will provide Council with more information regarding the projects, the impacts to trees, and the measures staff took to protect and/or replace trees. 

They will also discuss ways to improve communication with the public when tree removal is necessary as part of capital projects.

Shoreline City Council holds their meetings at City Hall and they begin at 7:00pm. Meetings are also live-streamed. Go to to find the link to watch the meeting.


Anonymous,  September 6, 2023 at 6:46 PM  

Drive down 35th in north Seattle and you’ll see massive trees along functional sidewalks. Shoreline can figure this out if they do a little research and replace the axed trees.

Anonymous,  September 7, 2023 at 12:45 AM  

It's a beautiful street with all the trees, but isn't it a much wider street with parking, sidewalks, and parking strips on both sides? Trees are good but they don't always fit the space. Also, I think there's more knowledge about appropriate sized trees now than when those on 15th were first planted.

Anonymous,  September 7, 2023 at 9:11 AM  

In this new normal, with concern about people dying of heat related maladies, taking down big shade trees is unthinkable. Who came up with the idea to remove the trees that make Shoreline, Shoreline and not Seattle?
I've been surveyed up the kazoo about the light rail, but nobody asked me about chopping down the trees that give us the oxygen we need to live! Let alone the shade and beauty.
Not good. Shame on Shoreline

Anonymous,  September 11, 2023 at 12:53 AM  

I read about the project on social media first (save shoreline trees) and happened to drive by the location a few days later. I am happy to support their cause in general, but I'm not sure why they're using this incident as their big talking point! Those sidewalks are so dangerous for anyone with a mobility aid, it's obvious the trees need to go... its not a good look for the organization..

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