The Lakeside Grove Grove complex got a new look at the front entrance, left, Friday when several trees and plants were removed as part of the Special Refurbishment Project.
Villa Park Landscape removed four large pine trees and two large Bird of Paradise plants on the north side and three large pines on the south side of the complex during the day Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The company also removed two additional trees that were causing damage to the waterfall and ponds located at the entry.
Because of the tree-removal, right, Lakeside Garden Grove homeowners and renters found the front entrance impassable during parts of the day. Villa Park worked on one side of the entrance at a time, but at times, both entrances were blocked as large pines were felled. Vehicles entering or leaving the complex were restricted to either the north of south loop of Lakeside Drive because of where Villa Park’s equipment deployment.
Most of the pine trees were removed from the top down, which is a process of removing manageable sections of a tree in increments from the uppermost part of the tree downward. One large pine was felled from the south side of the entrance toward the north side, missing the central landscape island by a few feet. The process took up most of the day. Traffic returned to normal later in the day once work was completed.
Villa Park, the company that provides gardening services for the Lakeside Garden Grove community, had been contracted to remove these trees and plants as part of the Special Refurbishment Project. The removal of the trees was the first step toward replacing the leaning wall that has made inoperable the north side gate.
Now that the trees are gone, several of the large boulders that make up part of the front entrance landscape will temporarily be relocated until the gate wall and part of the wall facing Nutwood Street, which also had been impinged by the growth of the pines, is replaced. Once the wall is constructed, a new gate will be installed.
According to Casitas Security, the company contracted to provide security and parking services inside Lakeside, the always-open status of the north gate has been the primary cause for an uptick in criminal activity within the complex. The new wall and gate is expected to greatly reduce such activity.