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Court Square Presentation Of Four Mature Oak Trees To The City Of Springfield To Replace Trees Destroyed By The June 1 Tornado

DATE:            Wednesday, August 17, 2011
TIME:             2:00 p.m.
PLACE:          Court Square
SUBJECT:       Secretary Galvin, donation of trees for Court Square
CONTACT:      Patrick J. Sullivan,  (413) 787-6441

Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin will join Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Patrick J. Sullivan, Executive Director of the Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management, at Court Square, Springfield at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17 to mark Secretary Galvin’s presentation of four mature oak trees – two white, two red – to the City of Springfield to replace trees destroyed by the June 1 tornado.

While the trees will be planted later in the season, the presentation will feature maps of where the new trees will go and photos of both the new trees and those that were blown down by the tornado.

“I am pleased to be able to assist Springfield in the restoration of this historic park’s trees, lost in the recent tornado,” Secretary Galvin said. “They will serve also as a symbol of this city’s will to recover from the tornado’s devastation.”

Mayor Sarno stated, “The City is grateful of the commitment of Secretary Galvin’s office in the Reforestation of our urban landscape.  Court square is Springfield’s first park and it is fitting the Secretary of the Commonwealth chose this historic site for this grant.  Court Square will continue to be the focal point of our downtown and the replanting of the trees will mark another significant milestone in its history.”

Patrick Sullivan stated, “Court Square serves the City as an important part of Springfield’s history.  George Washington visited this site at the original tavern.  It has witnessed numerous political events, celebrations and most important, it is a quite tranquil park in the heart of our downtown.  The trees gifted by the Commonwealth will be a symbol of the Regreening of our city and will ensure the next generation has a shady, quiet spot to escape the day to day urban environment.”

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