Donation lines street with trees come spring
The Parks and Recreation Department has plans for a beautiful tree-lined street along Superior High School. Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc. is giving the city of Superior about 50 trees to line the 28th Street corridor, said Mary Morgan, Parks and...
The Parks and Recreation Department has plans for a beautiful tree-lined street along Superior High School.
Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc. is giving the city of Superior about 50 trees to line the 28th Street corridor, said Mary Morgan, Parks and Recreation administrator.
It's an unusual for a tree donation to be tied to a specific project. Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc. designed the roadway that comprised the 28th Street Project and felt compelled to give something back to the community, she said.
Morgan gave a presentation before the school board Monday night about the project to seek the district's support for the project.
The department sought to explain the project to the board before going ahead. Parks and Recreation won't plant trees if an adjacent property owner doesn't want them there, she said.
"If you feel you can live with the beautification of the boulevard then we're happy to do that, she said.
This is an exciting project. The donation equals about half the trees the department is able to plant in a year based on its own budget, she said.
Board members expressed concerns about safety, tree maintenance and snow removal. Morgan assured them Parks and Recreation takes safety and snow removal into account when planning to plant trees. The city would be responsible for maintaining and watering the trees, she said.
The Parks and Recreation tree board chose trees that would work well near the roadway. The donation is a nice gift, said Dick Welch, tree board member.
"When we found out about this boy did we jump up and down in the tree board," Welch said.
School board members said they wouldn't mind the trees if safety and maintenance was taken into account.
"I think it would be very nice and aesthetically pleasing," said Mary Klun, board member.
The parks department will plant the eight- to 10-foot tall donated maples and linden trees in the corridor this spring.
In other business, the board approved seeking public input on a proposal to study a language immersion school