Group fights Burlington City Hall park tree removal plan

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) There's a lot of buzz around possible tree cutting in the Queen City.

Back in the fall, the Burlington City Council gave the green light to engineers and architects to work out the final redesign details for City Hall Park. The multimillion-dollar plan includes replacing the old water fountain, fixing drainage issues and realigning paths.

Now, a group of Burlingtonians plans to take a stand Tuesday to ensure the city doesn't remove any of the trees there.

"This amount of trees being cut down is simply unacceptable and we need a new plan that incorporates and cares for our existing trees," said Monique Fordham of Keep the Park Green.

"I told the designers to go back to the drawing board and review every tree and make sure that they weren't taking down a single tree that didn't need to go, that wasn't either in bad health or that was not problematic for one reason or another," said Mayor Miro Weinberger, D-Burlington.

The city's Development Review Board is meeting Tuesday evening to decide whether to move forward with the tree removal plan.