Three Bradford Pear trees located behind the City Stage in downtown Marion will be removed next week and this will result in a temporary closing of some municipal parking lots.

The city of Marion announced Wednesday that contractors will perform work to remove three Bradford Pear trees from the back of the City Stage property, located at 45 N. Main St. The work will be done on two days on Monday, Aug. 13 and Thursday, Aug. 16.

The contracted city arborist recently assessed these trees and recommended their removal. The removal of the three trees was also approved by the city of Marion’s Tree Board and the Marion City Council, according to a news release.

The city is also working with an engineer on plans for the replacement of a retaining wall behind the City Stage, after the replacement of the wall was recommended by a structural engineer.

The Tree Board plans to make recommendations for the replanting of the area behind the City Stage after the retaining wall is removed. Three Bradford Pear trees located to the south of the stage will remain, but will be trimmed and cabled by the city’s arborist in the near future to ensure that they continue to thrive for several more years, according to the news release.

The removal of the trees behind the City Stage will require that all of the city parking lot around the City Stage and approximately one-half of the parking lot along Brown Drive to be closed while the work is being performed.

Therefore, the Marion Public Works Department plans to close the parking lot at the City Stage and approximately one half of the parking lot along Brown Drive on Monday, Aug. 13 and Thursday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. on both days. If, on either day, work is completed before 2 p.m., the parking lots will be re-opened sooner, according to the news release.

Anyone having questions or concerns regarding can contact the Marion Public Works Department at 828-652-4224.

“The city of Marion appreciates the public’s patience while the tree removal and temporary parking lot closures take place,” reads a statement.

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