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Friends of Christopher Columbus Park plant trees to replace pair lost during Sandy

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  May 6, 2013 03:20 PM

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Friends of Christopher Columbus Park

Members of the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park gathered with State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak, and Victor Aragona, general manager of the Marriott Long Wharf, for a tree planting Monday morning.

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park held a ceremony Monday morning to plant two new dwarf crabapple trees near the southwest entrance of the waterfront park.

The trees replaced a pair lost when the major storm Sandy struck the Boston waterfront late last summer and were paid for by Sunstone Hotel Investors, which owns the adjacent building that houses the Marriott Long Wharf, the group said.

In a statement released by the friends group, Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak expressed her appreciation for the donated trees.

“On behalf of Mayor Thomas M. Menino and other lovers of beautiful Christopher Columbus Park, we’d like to thank Sunstone Hotel Investors for providing these trees to replace the ones lost to Sandy,” Pollak said in the statement.

“This planting also symbolizes our longstanding partnership with the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park that grows every day through greening efforts such as this and a year-round schedule of events enjoyed by all,” Pollak said.

Joanne Hayes-Rines, president of the Friends group, also had praise for the benefactor.

“We’re proud to work with and have the support of responsible and generous corporate sponsors like Sunstone to secure funding for critical park upgrades and repairs,” Hayes-Rines said in the statement.

The all-volunteer Friends group is also seeking funding for other improvement projects, including the Urban Oasis Circle planned for the southeast corner of the park.

For more information on the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, visit www.foccp.org.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
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Friends of Christopher Columbus Park

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz; Joanne Hayes-Rines, president of the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park; and Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak attended the tree-planting ceremony.

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