Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Every fall the City parks department ties straw bales to the tree trunks in this park.
After a little investigation, I think I found a possible reason why. It may be that the bales are a safeguard to hold back sediment and debris in case the area floods. Just above these trees is Camel's Back, a tall land formation that's part of the foothills. Several years ago, fire burned nearly all of the vegetation. If there was a very heavy rainfall, it's possible the water rushing down the hills could carry a lot of debris and mud, and flood the street and surrounding areas. So, the bales would help slow the rush of flooding.
Anyway, that's my theory. Does anyone else know?