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    Donations Help Reduce New Haven Green Repair Costs

    (4/24/2012) Due to generous donations of material and equipment, the cost to the City to repair the New Haven Green is estimated to be approximately $4,000, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees announced Wednesday.

    The City had initially estimated it would cost taxpayers approximately $25,000 to repair the Upper Green, which sustained significant damage due to the six-month presence of the Occupy New Haven encampment.

    Since that estimate last week, the Proprietors of the Green have contributed $8,000 towards work to preserve the trees, including air-spading and fertilizing the site. To prepare the site for reseeding, Turf Products Corporation of Enfield, Connecticut has loaned the City a specialized machine that helps to break-up compacted top-surface soil. New England Golf Corporation, which manages New Haven’s Alling Memorial Golf Course, contributed irrigation equipment.

    “I am grateful to all who have stepped forward to assist in this restoration effort. Parks Department staff have proceeded swiftly and responsibly, and I am grateful for their professionalism and dedication. I look forward to having the Green restored for all to enjoy,” Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said.

    The Upper Green has sustained significant damage and will need to be roped off for approximately two months to allow new grass to grow mature root structures. The soil has been compacted and eroded and must be aerated and treated before healthy grass can grow. Compacted soil also presents a hazard to trees on the Green. Work to restore the site has already begun. Parks crews and Care of Trees contracted by the Proprietors spent two days air-spading and installing compost and fertilizer this week. Crews spread lime on the site Wednesday morning. To prevent erosion and help hold moisture, hydromulch will be used on the site.

    Costs are not final as work and soil testing are ongoing, but current estimates place the cost of the lime, signage, seeds, fertilizer and hydromulch at approximately $4,000. Parks employees have performed the work during their regular hours. While that has diverted staff away from other parks duties, overtime costs have not been incurred.

    The Parks Department and Proprietors are working with the newly formed Friends of the New Haven Green regarding ongoing maintenance and care for the site. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Christy Hass at the New Haven Parks Department at 203-946-8002.

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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