By Murray Schneider
On December 11, a Monterey Pine tree toppled in the open space on the crest of a hill at Diamond and 29th Streets. Receiving a 311 call, Recreation and Park arborists arrived at the site, within view of both Castro Street and Zircon Place, and quickly cleared the fallen tree.
“No one knows the cause other than the tree was located on a steep slope and it was heavy,” said Connie Chan, Deputy Director of Public Affairs for San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.
Within sight of Billy Goat Hill, the vacant lot is only a few blocks from Castro and Diamond Streets, arguably one of the more blustery places in the City. So wind could very well have been a factor.
“There were no injuries, however,” said Chan.
Nevertheless, Rec and Park reported that the weakened pine scraped the exterior of a house on 29th street, breaking a window and most likely damaging the homeowner’s fence.