Harriet Tubman Square has the largest and most impressive collection of old-growth trees in Downtown Newark. The oldest trees are over 100 feet high, four-feet diameter at the trunk, and up to 150 years old. The City of Newark’s current proposal is to cut every single tree in our park. The only historical precedent for this is the 1960s project that killed every tree in Military Park to build the parking garage now buried beneath. Based on details and architectural plans revealed through an Open Public Records Act request, this animation shows what is planned for our park:
Read the plans for the park.
Read our analysis of these plans.
Old healthy trees are nearly priceless. They have captured the carbon that upon their destruction would be released into the atmosphere furthering climate change. Oak trees in particular harbor insect larvae that feed birds. Trees provide shade in urban environments which lowers temperature on summer days. This would be a big mistake on so many levels. Any replacement trees would take a century to achieve the size and value of the present specimens. The plan for the Harriet Tubman Park primarily features a lawn which provides none of the above mentioned merits of trees.
Thank you, Warren. Let’s keep up the good fight and hope the City of Newark listens to reason! Project goes for approval June 16th at Historic Sites Council.
Please don’t cut down the trees. There has to be a way to refurbish the park without destroying old growth trees. We all need them!