The large cottonwood tree located in the Rogers Street parkway east of Highland Avenue will be pruned on Monday, August 19. This work will involve the removal of two or three overextended lower branches and clearing of dead wood on the upper branches of the tree. An assessment of the tree was recently completed and presented options that included significant pruning or removal. After carefully evaluating these options, the Village has chosen to prune the tree and monitor its condition. This course of action will promote and enhance public safety, while also protecting and maintaining the character of the neighborhood.
This cottonwood has stood watch over the neighborhood for 150 years and even witnessed the construction of the Tivoli Theater in 1928. Plans to celebrate the significance of this tree will be announced soon.
Preserving and/or increasing the number, health, and value of parkway trees is a major focus of the Village's approach to urban forestry. To see the complete inventory of the more than 23,000 parkway trees maintained by the Village, visit the Village Trees interactive map.