Letter: Damaged downtown trees will be replaced | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Damaged downtown trees will be replaced

The Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is under way with construction of an alleyway redesign, streetscape, landscape and additional parking improvements for the downtown. These projects represent $1 million (of which $800K is funded through a grant from Garfield County) in infrastructure for our downtown. We plan to have all projects completed in early June, in time for our residents and visitors to enjoy new opportunities for patio outdoor dining, more places to park, and a beautiful, walkable street environment.

One of the areas under construction is the parking lot south of the fire station on Cooper Avenue. Improvements to the parking lot will add nine additional spaces and a beautiful new streetscape edge along Cooper. The DDA learned yesterday morning that the two existing evergreen trees in the fire station parking lot had lost more than 50 percent of their root system in the construction process. This was due to the newly found need to overexcavate the unstable soils that were discovered onsite, combined with the extensive horizontal, or lateral, root system of these old trees. The construction team met with city of Glenwood Springs officials to identify the best solution. They performed an evaluation, and determined that the trees would be precarious and at risk of blowing over, and that they should be removed — and of course replaced.

Throughout this project, the DDA and its partners have done our best to maintain these trees in the entire design and construction process. Although we are sad to see them go, we’re happy to report that they will be replaced with large caliper, disease‐resistant elm trees.

Thank you for your understanding.

Leslie T. Bethel

Executive Director

City of Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority

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