City celebrates Habersham Street Tree Lawn Revitalization with Gold Shovel Celebration

City celebrates Habersham Street Tree Lawn Revitalization with Gold Shovel Celebration

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Members of Savannah City Council and City Park & Tree staff joined the Savannah Tree Foundation, Downtown Neighborhood Association and Victorian Neighborhood Association Thursday for a ceremony to celebrate the ongoing revitalization of the Habersham Street tree lawns.

The project is a public-private partnership among the City of Savannah, Savannah Tree Foundation, Victorian Neighborhood Association, the Dubose Family Foundation, and the Downtown Neighborhood Association.

The Savannah Tree Foundation secured a grant from the Downtown Neighborhood Association to fund the removal of concrete sidewalks and installation of new brick sidewalks with a 6-foot wide tree lawn along Habersham Street between East Park and East Duffy.

The City removed a large old sweetgum tree in poor health to make way for the work, and will plant 8 Lacebark Elm trees which should reach a mature height of 35 to 40 feet, providing a tree canopy to the corridor.

"This is a great example of how the City and various non-profit/civic organizations can partner together," said Gordon Denney, Savannah Interim Park and Tree Director. "This projects is helping to beautify the neighborhood while creating a tree canopy in an area where there was previously none."

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