SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – To make way for an underground parking garage at the future site of Hemisfair’s Civic Park, tree-moving experts from Environmental Design Inc. (EDI), along with the assistance of Guido Construction and the Transportation & Capital Improvements Department of the City of San Antonio, moved a 70-year-old, 122,000-pound live oak tree 300 feet to its new resting spot. Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation’s Senior Project Manager Gary Boyd said, “The method EDI uses to relocate large trees is rather unique. It is much like the method used by Egyptians thousands of years ago, but now they use heavy machinery instead of manual labor. Using this method allows them to move a larger root ball which improves the tree’s survivability.”
The Hemisfair Conservancy has raised over $550,000 to rescue and transplant 18 mature trees at Hemisfair this spring. Donors who supported this project were invited for an up close and personal view to see their philanthropy in action. Major donors include Amy Shelton McNutt Charitable Trust, Beldon Roofing Company, Flora Cameron Crichton, Craig and Shari Leighton, Mays Family Foundation, The Alfred S. Gage Foundation, The Burdine Johnson Foundation, The Steves Foundation, and William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation.
“Our tree heroes answered the call to save these mature trees and ensure park-goers will be able to enjoy their beauty and shade for generations,” stated Anne Krause, Executive Director of the Hemisfair Conservancy. The Conservancy will be raising funds later this summer to purchase the remaining 215+ trees needed to complete Civic Park’s design. To make a donation, please visit: www.hemisfairconservancy.org/donate/
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