Mayor urges citizens to stay away from parks

MGN PHOTO: Snow-covered trees after a blizzard in Upstate NY

CHEYENNE, Wyo (KGWN) Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr is asking residents to stay away from City-owned parks – especially Holliday and Lions – through the weekend until Urban Forestry crews can ensure the public is safe from falling tree branches.

“This snowstorm has broken lots of limbs in our older City parks and while some of the limbs have fallen to the ground, others are still high in the trees,” said Mayor Orr. “As the weather warms up over the weekend we could see additional limbs fall to the ground. What we don’t want is someone getting injured because of a falling tree branch.”

Even in other parts of the City, residents shouldn’t venture underneath large trees because of the potential danger, said Mayor Orr.

Urban Forestry estimates that a dozen large trees have fallen over in our City parks because of the heavy snow and additional 36 trees have been damaged to the point they can’t be saved. These trees will have to be removed.

“We appreciate the public’s understanding of the situation and we want them to know that it will be next week before Urban Forestry crews can get into our parks to work on some of the trees,’ said Mayor Orr. “Public safety is our top priority.”