Residents of Jackson were caught off guard last Monday morning when they found tree stumps along the outer rim of Smith Park. The sight of the stumps was unbecoming but Downtown Jackson Partners (DJP) stressed that most of the trees that were cut down were already dying and their removal is necessary for an attractive park layout.
Crews started tree lopping last Saturday in preparation for a park makeover. This is the first phase of a $2.5 million project that has been planned since 2013. The project starts with tree-scaping of Smith Park north of the Governor’s Mansion. DJP did not act on their own because they have sought the advice of professional landscape architects who recommended that the dead and dying trees must be removed including trees that are deemed unsustainable for a long term basis.
The goal of the Smith Park renovation is to create a more open and inviting world-class public space to encourage development in downtown Jackson while enhancing the Capitol Complex. The renovation will benefit businesses, visitors and residents.
According to DJP, at least 32 trees were removed. When experts visited the park, it was found out that only 17 trees were 100% healthy out of the 80 trees existing in the park. It is only right to perform a makeover on the Smith Park because it is at the center of the state, a place that belongs to all Mississippians. At its current state, Smith Park is an eyesore and improvements like new stage, new trees, new tables and benches, sidewalks and light poles will make the park a pleasing site.
Smith Park which is older than Central Park by 15 years is considered as one of the oldest park in the United States. The history of the Smith Park is enough justification to for the makeover.
When a tree grows large enough that its branches create a problem during severe weather conditions, the best option is tree lopping in Perth. Tree lopping is also a popular solution for landscapers who want a tree to be in perfect height, shape and direction. The branches will be trained to grow towards the direction desired.