Re-plant Trees in Historic Downtown Warren

Re-plant Trees in Historic Downtown Warren

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Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association started this petition to Mayor Doug Franklin and

A part of our history has been destroyed.

During the 2019 holiday season, Warren City Administrators cut down approximately 20 trees in the nationally recognized Mahoning Avenue Historic District to install bocce courts.  Warren City Council and citizens were not informed of the action until trees were felled on our public property.  City workers were instructed to work on the weekend to cut trees; the city paid $3,450 to Gaumer Landscape Inc. to cut down trees that were too big for city workers to remove. No plan regarding drainage, landscape design, or placement of the bocce courts has been shared with the public; without planning, we are not convinced the City's "idea" to install bocce courts will not create future problems such as flooding Women's Park and creating hazardous situations at the amphitheater parking lot, among other unforeseen issues.

Citizens ask that the mayor and administrators relocate the proposed bocce courts to the adjacent 32-acre Perkins Park and restore our historic grounds.  We ask the City to work with Division of Forestry (Ohio Department of Natural Resources) officials to identify and plant the appropriate trees for the area, as well as provide a plan for a proposed bocce court area and disclose the funding source for these actions. 

The area in which trees were razed is in between the Kinsman House and City Hall. Located behind Women's Park, this picturesque location is often used for wedding, family and senior photo shoots.

Many volunteers dedicate their time and talents to keep our downtown beautiful and we believe it is the responsibility of the city to preserve—not destroy— our historical assets.  Work of volunteer organizations include the maintenance of the Rose Garden and pagoda by the Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association, Warren Heritage Center at the Kinsman House, The Upton Association's work on Harriet Taylor Upton's restored home and Women's Park.  The Trumbull County Historical Society maintains the John Stark Edward house and will soon restore the historic Owens Morgan House.

By signing this petition, I support the restoration of our public property.

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