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Good Question: What happened to all the trees in Triangle Park?

It's less than an acre in size and was built in 1981.

For three decades Triangle Park has been a focal point of downtown Lexington.

Recently some changes to the park have many of our viewers curious.

Good Question: Cindy in Lexington: What happened to all the trees in Triangle Park?

The folks behind Triangle Park built it decades ago so a parking lot wouldn't stand in its place.

Built with private funds its now maintained by the city.

It's a place to see fall foliage and the city's Christmas tree being lit each year, but now a drastic look-no trees at all.

We've known for several years that we the Triangle Foundation that the Bradford Pear trees were ending their life span they were diseased," said Steve Grossman.

The city says there were about 45 of them in Triangle Park, all of them will be replaced by Willow Oaks.

Steve Grossman is with the Triangle Foundation, the private group that built the park in 1981.

Grossman says the tree issue has now led to a full scale renovation.

"What we are looking at now are some of the issues that deal with infrastructure of the park itself," said Grossman.

Grossman says that includes how the bricks were laid, settlement issues near the fountain, even soil amendments will need to be done to plant new trees.

"Our foundation executive committee is very focused on making this better than it was, it was a wonderful design, the fortunate thing is we've had 30 years to look at how people use the park," said Grossman.

You will soon see temporary fencing here, a sign the real work is well on its way.

Grossman says the completion date is set for April.

"Our goal, we would love to see this park in the top 50 in the world."

Triangle Park was modeled after Paley Park in New York City by acclaimed landscape architect Robert Zion.

Zion also designed Triangle Park.


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