Things Really Do Happen For a Reason – By DC Webb

Customer Service Supervisor, Amelia Powell, stands next to the oldest tree in Manassas Park
Customer Service Supervisor, Amelia Powell, stands next to the oldest tree in Manassas Park

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe

A few weeks ago, one of my fellow employees had noticed a problem with one of our trees. It so happens that this particular tree has been a staple of Costello Park long before Costello Park existed. As a matter of fact some people say it could be 300 years old or older. There was a split in the side and we hoped someone could repair the tree and it would continue to live for many more years.

We called in a specialist and hoping he could do something about it, but he said there was nothing that could be done. He did say that at some point the tree would have to come down. That’s not exactly what we wanted to hear. Safety is always our #1 concern, so I went inside and started making some phone calls to get 3 bids on how much it would cost to take the tree down. Even though the specialist said the tree wouldn’t come down unless there was a storm with extremely high winds, I wanted to get a head start. I set up three appointments over the phone and then went about my business.

I felt really bad about the tree and I remembered how much our Director, Catherine Morretta, had loved trees and would certainly not like to hear what was about to happen.

About 2:00pm EST we all heard a loud noise. The tree decided to come down on its own. Yeah that’s right, no storm, no wind, just came down on its own.

We all went and looked at the tree that had fallen and it was a little scary! How in the world could that happen? Then it hit us, maybe in all of the excitement and all of the phone calls about having the tree cut down, maybe just maybe Catherine decided to take matters in her own hands! And that’s where the story ends!

“Some people want it to happen. Some people wish it could happen. Some people make it happen!” – Michael Jordan

DC Webb is the Costello Park Manager for the Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703.335.8872 x3138 or via email at

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