Hundreds of dead trees throughout Amarillo: What's the city doing?

Hundreds of dead trees throughout Amarillo: What's the city doing?

AMARILLO - Several parks in Amarillo have lost their beauty after the devastating drought last year.

Now, the Amarillo parks department is busy cleaning up the mess.

The drought has destroyed hundreds of trees across the area over the past year and now that spring has sprung, the city is out in full force to help restore our local parks.

Thompson Park is one of many parks now littered with tree trunks and branches.

Parks and Recreation employees were busy taking down dozens of rotting trees today.

"The drought last year really had a very dramatic impact on our parks and our trees," Director of Parks and Recreation Larry Offerdahl said. "We have roughly 14,000 trees in our parks."

The city says it didn't have the manpower or water resources to water all the trees this past year.

Landscaping businesses like Discount Tree and Lawn is seeing a big spike in business.

"Most of the work we're doing involves taking down dead trees," owner Mike Davis said. "Drought resistant trees are the way to go."

As for the city, Offerdahl says they'll be pulling new drought tolerant trees from two local nurseries and using volunteers to help plant them.

The city of Amarillo will be hosting "Regeneration 2012" and Thompson Park Sat., April 21 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Volunteer registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event.