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Mature trees remain in Officers' Square

The next phase of the Officers’ Square Revitalization Plan required the removal of some trees earlier today. These eleven trees were mostly smaller. Eight large, mature trees remain and no additional trees will be removed as part of the project.

We removed the trees today in order to rebuild the wall along Queen Street and prepare for the new stage and chilled skating surface. The City received Heritage permits from the Province of New Brunswick to complete the work. No ground below the surface (where archaeological resources could be discovered) was disturbed.

We are revitalizing a well-worn jewel for future generations while protecting all eight mature trees in the Square such as the much-loved and majestic elm, the large ash near the museum and the two large majestic elms at the Regent Street corner. In addition, the Plan will see 29 additional trees planted.

The Plan also includes a purpose built new stage for summer theatre and small performances, including the Calithumpians. The City will ensure the Calithumpians have a performance stage during construction to revitalize Officers’ Square.

Large, mature trees are part of the character of the Square and they will remain. The revitalization of Fredericton’s most important gathering place will include these trees and many more for us all to enjoy. 

The revitalization of the Square is the result of extensive public engagement and planning.  We heard from many people and the feedback is part of the Plan. Officers’ Square is a special public place and iconic trees are one of the reasons why. These mature trees will remain with many more to be added for people to enjoy for many years to come.