Centerville Public Works crews will plant dozens of new trees next week surrounding the hillside of Stubbs Park Amphitheater.
A fungus destroyed the Blue Spruces that used to sit there. The City tried to treat the trees for years. Unfortunately, the fungus spreads within the tree from the inside out and most of the trees continued to deteriorate.
“We fought a good fight. Unfortunately, Blue Spruces are being infected all across the region. It is similar to what happened with the Ash trees and the Emerald Ash Borer. Luckily, Norway Spruces are resistant to the fungus, and we have had great success with them,” Public Works Supervisor Marty Tackett said.
Centerville’s certified arborist says Norway Spruces planted in another spot at 6 feet tall in 2010 are already taller than 20 feet.
Crews will plant 22 Norway Spruce trees along the east and west hillsides of the amphitheater. They will also plant 12 Green Giant Arborvitae along the back of the hillside to serve as an additional sound barrier and offset the removal of the mature Blue Spruces.
“These trees will provide shade for families over decades of summer concerts, festivals and outdoor performances,” Tackett said.
Infected Blue Spruces at Stubbs Park