Tree overlooking Outrigger patio cut down by city for safety reasons

The empty space beside the Outrigger patio where the tree used to be. Photo inserted in story (from Google Maps) shows the tree shading the patio on a summer day.

For Beach residents wondering what happened to the large tree overlooking the patio outside the Outrigger restaurant in the Queen Street East and Beech Avenue area – it was cut down by the City of Toronto due to safety concerns as a result of the tree’s condition.

The tree, which sat by the patio at Outrigger, 2232 Queen St. E., had signs of decay and had become unbalanced due to rotting limbs, Beaches-East York Councillor Brad Bradford said in an email statement to Beach Metro Community News.

“I strongly believe that Toronto needs to maintain and expand our urban forestry, not cut it down. To prevent injury to customers on the patio and those passing by on the sidewalk, the City of Toronto removed this specific tree on January 29,” Bradford wrote in his statement.

The age and type of tree are unknown. However, some in the community have guessed the tree might have been almost 100 years old.

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