Cypress tree wood to come back to Encinitas; ceremony to plant saplings scheduled for May 11
Click the above link and read the NCT story about the city planting new sapling trees in the roadside park. Mary Fleener has the greatest quote describing her first day in Leucadia, that to me sums up the quintessential Leucadia experience.
"The first thing we did was go to Leucadia Roadside Park," said Fleener. "We parked at Beacon's and saw a dozen dolphins. We got tacos at Karina's and ate 'em under the trees."
Couple of other thoughts on the Leucadia cypress trees, first I want to thank the arborist and the city for spotting the potential danger of the trees falling and hurting someone. The trees were beautiful and well loved but they lasted longer than their natural lifespan.
Secondly, thanks to Mary Fleener, Patricia Bell and Rachelle Collier for getting the word out that the trees were getting cut down.
Third, I glad the city respected the fact that the local residents wanted to have a little farewell ceremony. It may seem a little hokey to some people, but the fact that the trees were planted by Leucadia's founders made this very significant.
Last, my idea for the wood from the trees (which is in the capable hands of Palomar college) is too make them into cool benches for the Beacon's beach outlook. Right now there is only one bench facing the ocean, with plenty of room for more. On a typical summer evening there are 30-50 people standing at the top of Beacon's watching the sunset. The only other option is to sit in your car or try to sit on the metal guardrails. I think it would be slick if new benches were made from those classic cypress trees.
A few cypress wood benches would be cool in this poorly used space at the north end of the Beacon's parking lot.