City of Kennewick assessed and removed trees after last year’s Renaissance Faire tragedy

City of Kennewick assessed and removed trees after last year’s Renaissance Faire tragedy

Kennewick’s annual Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Festival is this weekend at Columbia Park. It’s also the anniversary of a tragic accident that happened at last year’s event.

In 2018, a woman was attending the festival when a tree branch snapped and fell, hitting her in the head and killing her.

Since then, city workers have been taking steps to make sure the park is safe for future event goers.

The City of Kennewick and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have a program plan in place that encompasses more than a thousand trees in the 363-acre park. According to city spokesperson Evelyn Lusignan, whenever a hazardous situation occurs work is performed immediately.

Within the past year, all 144 trees located in the area of the Renaissance Faire – between the Columbia Center Rotary Stage and Lampson Pit Area – have been assessed by a certified arborist. 10 trees have been removed, and 63 trees have been trimmed in the stage area. Some were trimmed as recently as last week.

This year’s event will take place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Columbia Park. It will feature jousting, sword fighting, magic, food and crafts.