The city is planning to rip out several 30-year-old trees next to an athletic field ahead of construction work for the controversial East 91st Street marine transfer station, despite pledging last week to explore alternative plans, advocates said.

Representatives from the Asphalt Green athletic complex received an email Tuesday from the Department of Sanitation announcing the agency would begin removing pear trees Wednesday. They are located along the edge of a planned ramp to the trash facility bordering the complex’s athletic fields.

“We felt totally blindsided when they said, ‘We’re taking down the trees in 24 hours,’” said Carol Tweedy, Asphalt Green’s executive director. “It’s a poke in the eye.”

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