Cottonwood trees vandalized at West Woods Golf Club

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cottonwood tree vandalized (Credit: City of Arvada)

cottonwood tree vandalized (Credit: City of Arvada)

ARVADA, Colo. – Vandals damaged two Cottonwood trees at an Arvada golf club earlier this week and the city asked for help finding the culprits.

The city estimates the value of the damaged trees at $2,500. The vandalism happened Tuesday at West Woods Golf Club.

“These crimes impact our course’s neighbors negatively since the trees were planted in that area as a safety screen for errant golf shots into their property as well as losing the great aesthetics provided by two 60 foot high trees,” a statement says.

“The vandalism will also impact our budget since there is significant cost to replace the trees as well as remove the ones that were needlessly destroyed,” Jim Wilkins, Manager of Golf Course Operations says. “It does not make sense to act in such a manner. We can only guess why.”

The trees are located along the aptly named Cottonwood course near the 14th tee.

The course contains numerous trees, creeks and ponds. A favorite among golfers for its natural beauty, the Cottonwood course is home to wildlife galore, with foxes, mountain lions, deer, coyotes and even an occasional bear being spotted.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Arvada Police Department at 720-898-6900.

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