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Historic Court Square in Springfield to get facelift

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Its tavern once housed George Washington. It has witnessed numerous historical events. And on June 1, as tornadoes tore through the city, it lost a part of its identity.

"It is the first park in Springfield's history, so I think it's very important that Secretary Galvin has stepped forward to donate the money to plant the historic trees that were lost," said Patrick Sullivan, executive director of the Springfield Department of Parks.

After two months of recovery Court Square is getting a facelift. Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin along with the Massachusetts Historical Commission are donating four oak trees. The new additions will cost upwards of $10,000. But many agree it's worth the investment.

Galvin said, "Obviously the human loss was first, secondly the building loss the economic loss, the businesses, but now it's time to think about the aesthetic loss."

Court Square will become the epicenter of what will hopefully be a local initiative to "re-green" our communities affected by the devastating storms.

"This is an opportunity to challenge private groups and public agencies to put together a list of trees, and as we start thinking about planting for next spring to get that project going," said Galvin.

The trees will not be planted until the end of this season, but plans drawn up showed where  they will stand.

They will serve as a symbol of hope and unity as the city and the rest of Western Mass continue to pick up the pieces from the tornadoes.

Sullivan said, "They're going to have an instant impact on the park here and I think it's going to bring a lot of hope to people and make people want to donate to Springfield to replant trees throughout the city."

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