Forestry crews with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will remove about 19 trees in the three central blocks of Centennial Mall ("M" to "P" streets) beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 1. The tree removal is necessary to allow for the first phase of construction to begin on the Centennial Mall renovation project. The work has been scheduled ahead of migratory bird nesting season as required by federal law.
J.J. Yost, Planning and Construction Manager for Parks and Recreation, said the trees being removed are generally aged and in decline due to the current condition of the Mall. About 112 new trees will be planted this fall or next spring as part of the phase one construction. Yost said the new design for the Mall will create conditions that will promote the establishment and long-term sustainability of the new trees.
Crews are expected to finish the tree removal in one day. Some street or lane closures may be necessary in the immediate area.