I remember going out there one day and seeing the tree down. It must have been shortly after it was cut because I was going out there quite a bit and then all of a sudden notice this massive log to sit on. It was surely close to a year ago.
The tree had burned up in the fire and was dead. So what if it was cut down. It was going to fall down and possibly kill one of the forty or so people that you find there on any weekend. I see it as more of a public service. If the thing had been alive and provided shade then you have a gripe, but it wasn't. If you had looked at the base of the log or the stump as I did you would have seen that the bark had fallen off. So lets take a deep breath and relax.