The June 1 tornado and Halloween snowstorm of 2011 destroyed thousands of trees in Springfield, giving rise to a non-profit, ReGreen Springfield, to replace those trees.
ReGreen planted a tree Wednesday in Donna Blake Park. More than 2,000 families in the Upper Hill, McKnight and Old Hill neighborhoods will have trees planted on their property.
“One hundred and fifty folks so far have asked us for a tree,” Regreen Springfield’s Executive Director David Bloniarz explained. “The city team has gone out, identified the locations. So now we’re just waiting to get those planted once the weather cools down and it’s appropriate.”
“We’re very happy and proud that we were selected by the state to get this program off the ground,” Springfield Parks Director Patrick Sullivan told 22News. “And very grateful to the Baker administration for choosing Springfield.”
If you live in one of the three target neighborhoods in Springfield and want a tree planted in your yard, you can call the city’s 3-1-1 service.
ReGreen hopes to start replenishing the city’s lost trees by the middle of September.