As of Monday afternoon, some pieces of wood from a large pile of wood at Bicentennial Park had been moved to the sidewalk. A sign that was in place Friday stating that the wood is not free was still there Monday, as was a police tape line surrounding the wood.
The pile of wood has been at Bicentennial Park since late 2015, Parks Services and Property Management Superintendent Ken Courtmanch said.
“A number of trees within the park had been showing stress over the last few years and in last year’s hot summer began to fail and had become a fall risk,” Courtmanch said in an email. “After discussing with an arborist, the trees were dropped. Park staff then started cleaning the park.”
A Mountlake Terrace police officer surrounded the logs with police tape after complaints were filed about people taking wood off of the pile. The officer also posted a sign that says “Do not enter, wood is not free,” which was still in place Monday.
A bogus Craigslist ad posted last week stated that the wood was free for anyone willing to come haul it away. Courtmanch said the posting was not true.
“The wood is currently not for sale to the public as we are looking for a mill company that may have an interest in purchasing the lot,” he said.
The Craigslist ad was live through last week, but has since been flagged by Craigslist for removal.