Hiawatha landscape restoration begins

By robb, June 4, 2014 7:18 am

Construction is beginning on a project to improve the landscaping along Hiawatha Avenue.  Starting this week, our contractors will begin removing approximately 165 trees along Hiawatha Avenue from 32nd to 46th streets.  Expect some temporary lane closures as the contractors work in the medians on removals and restoration.

The removed trees will be chipped and dropped off at the Park Board’s neighborhood wood chip site at 29th Street East and 18th Ave South.

Replacing these trees will be 350 trees in the boulevards, median, and in the area between the LRT line and bike/ped trail.  These trees will include 16 different species proven to withstand harsh urban environments:

Scarlet Jewel Maple Autumn Blaze Maple
Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Common Hackberry
Eastern Redbud Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn
Princeton Sentry Ginkgo Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree
Amur Maackia Pink Spire Crab
Prairifire Crab Apple Red Jewell Crab Apple
Spring Snow Crab Apple Urban Pinnacle Oak
Sentry American Linden Princeton Elm

These trees will not only improve the aesthics of the corridor, but also help improve air quality and create a better environment for pedestrians and bikers in the area.  More information is available on the project webpage.

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