Two large trees fall at Lithia Park upper duck pond

Two large trees toppled over near the upper duck pond in Lithia Park at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

No one was injured, although a woman was sitting on a bench near the pond, said city of Ashland Management Analyst Ann Seltzer.

Ashland Parks and Recreation Department officials estimated each tree was about 70 feet tall.

A large cedar tree fell across Winburn Way, the street that winds through Lithia Park.

The street was closed on Monday afternoon, and crews hoped to have enough of the tree removed to reopen the street on Monday evening, city officials reported at 5 p.m. on Monday.

The second tree, a large pine, fell across the upper duck pond and had not been removed as of Monday evening.

For safety reasons, city officials are asking people not to walk on the pine that is stretching across the pond.

Parks Director Don Robertson said it appeared that the underground root ball of the cedar had been resting on top of the pine's root ball.

There was no sign of rot or disease in either tree and no indication of what caused the trees to fall, city officials said on Monday.

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