Visitors to the City’s CORE District may notice an increase in activity on the medians and sidewalks this month, as Parks staff have begun removing dead and damaged trees and preparing the area for new plantings.  

Since their installation in December 2020, many of the CORE trees have suffered significant damage due to extraordinary weather events, including 2021’s Winter Storm Uri and 2022’s freezing temperatures, drought, high summer temperatures and a Labor Day storm. The trees are part of a Downtown Master Tree Plan developed in 2018 to bring natural beauty and a shady canopy to the District. 

Parks staff briefed the City Council on the condition of the trees at Monday’s City Council work session. Approximately 49 of the 76 original trees will need replacing; planting is scheduled for March 2023.   

Video: Nov. 7 presentation