There are eight Torrey Pine trees on the 4600 block of Saratoga Avenue in northeast Ocean Beach. They were planted there in the Thirties while there was a Torrey Pine nursery on that block run by the Cobb family.
Of the 8, there’s five giants. They could be some of the tallest Torrey Pine trees around. These beautiful giants have huge root systems that have been playing havoc with the adjacent sidewalks for decades.
A number of years ago, the City moved to take the Saratoga Ave trees down but was met with opposition from the community.
A deal was made – the City would tear-up the old sidewalk that was being buckled and construct new slabs of sidewalks that worked around the trees and had metal grates that were flexible with the future growth of the trees and their roots.
In fact, at one site the City built a bridge over the roots using one of the metal grates.
We’ve put together a gallery of photos of the sidewalks on this block of Saratoga. Check out these pics of how the sidewalks were managed in order to save these municipally-protected trees. (Click on the pics for a larger image.)