NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A decision by the city of Northampton to eliminate cherry trees along a small street is being met with strong opposition.
About two weeks ago, residents received a notice on their doors that the DPW would be chopping down the cherry trees along Warfield Place.
In an online meeting, DPW Donna LaScaleia said the road there is in need of major repairs. Fixing the road also means fixing the sidewalks to make sure they’re in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act. LaScaleia said they made the decision that the trees would need to come down because they are coming to the end of their life.
However, Lois Ahrens, whose lived there for more than two decades, said to let nature run its course, “Let them spend money on some other street that actually has traffic and where residents on the street want their street repaved.”
Residents in the neighborhood say that the cherry trees are a staple of the city, and not just for those who live there.
“Every year, people come here, no matter where they live in the city, to look at the cherry trees when they’re in bloom. There’s no other street in Northampton that has trees like this,” said Ahrens.
The cherry trees have been in the neighborhood for more than half a century, and brought in big crowds on Saturday, during the 1st annual Warfield Place cherry blossom festival.
The Northampton City Council will meet Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the trees. 22News did also reach out to the Mayor’s Office but we have not yet received a comment.