Take care when hammocking in Ludington Park

Published: Jul. 3, 2018 at 4:17 PM EDT
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Escanaba's Ludington Park has recently become a hot hangout for hammockers, which has lead some residents to question whether the practice is good for the park's trees.

Escanaba's recreation director, Kim Peterson, says that the city hasn't found any direct evidence that the trees are being harmed by hammocks that are properly hung.

Properly hung means the use of straps designed for the hammocks and not hanging them with rope or cord.

Peterson did say that there have been some issues with people not cleaning up after themselves.

"We encourage people to come down and utilize the greatest asset that the city has, which is Ludington Park," said Peterson. "We do want them to careful of the trees. If they have straps for the hammocks to protect the trees. They can purchase the straps at any local store. They are $10 to $12. It just helps protect the trees so we can be sure we're not damaging them."

Hammockers are also asked to remember that overnight stays are not allowed in Ludington Park.