Sod is being laid now for more than 120 trees being planted in Manheim Park in the coming weeks.  The new tree-lined neighborhood will be maintained as a walkable, tree-lined neighborhood.  The new trees are replacing old ones removed to make way for construction of new sidewalks and curbs. 

The tree removal was necessary to avoid intrusion of roots and other obstructions that would disturb the pavement. Not all of the new foliage will be planted along the street.  The city’s forester has identified species and locations for the trees that will thrive in the neighborhood without being damaged by the sidewalks or other potential underground disturbances. 

The Kansas City, Mo., public works department is taking away a few trees identified for removal last year and others are being examined by a forester.  Tree removal was delayed a bit because of the late winter storms, but the city expects to have the work completed at the end of this week. The city has a two-for-one policy –– for every tree removed –– two new ones are planted.

The new sidewalks and the tree planting were made possible by a TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant.