Columbus Square has a $2.8 million redesign planned for 2017, but with those improvements, some beloved fixtures to the park may be removed. One of those is a large Sycamore tree that sits along the 12th Street side of the park, near the dog run.
An arborist who previously assessed the tree stated that it may be taken down because of how the long-standing Sycamore has been growing, with a lean towards 12th Street. Area residents and lovers are the park are now hoping to come up with an alternative plan to save this tree, as shown with this flier posted outside of the park.
According to Joseph Brogan, a district manager for Parks and Recreation, “the Capital Projects Division is well aware that members of the community would like the tree to stay.” Brogan also states that an “independent tree expert” is now working to assess the situation to determine the best option for the park.