Residents frustrated after mature trees “mowed down” for Tustin Veterans Sports Park – Orange County Register

TUSTIN Mauro Cristaudo was walking his dogs outside the vacant lot that will become Veterans Sports Park when he noticed a jarring sight: Tall, decades-old jacarandas lying uprooted on their sides.

“I called over the fence to a worker, ‘Tell me that we are relocating these trees!’” Cristaudo remembered saying. “He said, ‘I’m afraid not.’”

By November’s end, Tustin, self-designated “City of Trees,” would claim 18 fewer trees. Only seven of the shady giants remain in the future park site.

Slated to debut in summer of 2019, Veterans Sport Park broke ground last month on a 32-acre parcel of the the former Marine Corps Air Station at Severyns Road and Valencia Avenue.

The multi-use park will include four soccer fields, three baseball diamonds, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, eight pickleball courts, a playground with a splash pad, a picnic area and, as a tribute to Tustin’s military heritage, a Veterans Memorial.

Over the next few months, land will be graded and underground infrastructure installed.

The first phase of the $25 million development demanded the removal of mature trees left…

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