The Wenatchee World



The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast


Lo60° Partly Cloudy


Hi86° Partly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo63° Mostly Cloudy


Hi80° Showers Likely

Monday Night

Lo55° Showers Likely


Hi74° Showers Likely

Tuesday Night

Lo53° Slight Chc Showers


Hi75° Slight Chc Showers

Wednesday Night

Lo52° Mostly Cloudy


Hi76° Partly Sunny

Downtown takes a look at which trees to replace or remove

Send to Kindle
Print This

photo Buy this photo

The Wenatchee Downtown Association marked some downtown trees with red ribbons on Thursday, to show the city which ones they’d like removed from Wenatchee Avenue. Some other trees got green ribbons to show they’d like to have the trees removed and replaced with a different variety of tree.

WENATCHEE — Business leaders tied red and green ribbons to downtown trees this week to show which ones should be replaced and which should be permanently removed.

The trees were tagged by the Wenatchee Downtown Association on Thursday as part of ongoing planning for a rehabilitation project next spring in the city’s center.

The project will repave Wenatchee Avenue between Yakima and Second streets, but may also include new landscaping, street furniture and lighting. Plans also call for re-routing truck traffic away from downtown and adjusting traffic flow.

As part of the project, businesses would also like to do something about the trees along the avenue, some of which are unhealthy, overgrown and blocking visibility of buildings.

Red ribbons went on trees that the WDA think should be removed and not replaced. Green ribbons were for trees that should be removed and replaced with a different variety of trees.

Public Works Director Dan Frazier said the improvement project, slated to begin next spring, will address about 20 of the nearly 90 trees in the project area.

Some of the trees may be replaced with smaller ones. Others may be removed and possibly flower beds, benches or outdoor seating will replace them.

Over a number of years, all of the trees will eventually be removed and some will be replaced.

City Councilwoman Karen Rutherford asked Frazier at Thursday’s council meeting why the city didn’t just take out all the trees at once “and start all over again.”

Frazier said, “It would look like a clear-cut forest if you did it all at once”

The WDA evaluated the trees with the help of a local consultant.

Frazier said the city and businesses will work together on a plan for the trees. That will include looking at how trees that are replanted should be located and whether they should be spaced evenly, grouped together or something else.

By putting up the ribbons, Frazier said the WDA was “trying to get all the business owners engaged. They’re saying, ‘We’d like to have your buy-in.”

Michelle McNiel: 664-7152

Reach Michelle McNiel at 509-664-7152 or . Follow her on Twitter at @MichelMcNielWW.

All comments are moderated before appearing. For more information, please read the approval guidelines. Questions? See our Disqus commenting FAQ or our full commenting policy.

Comments Help

A few important points:

  • You must have a Disqus account to comment (your Wenatchee World login and Disqus login are completely separate)
  • You must provide your first and last name
  • Your comment must be civil

For more information see our Disqus commenting FAQ or our full commenting policy