Arbor Day Planting Honors Miller, City Milestone

Japanese Maple Planted

In New Mayor Miller Park

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, center, and Common Council members, from left, Michelle Osterhoudt, Dana Levinson and Melissa Nicosia plan a Japanese maple at the new Miller Park, at the corner of Lettis Highway and Main Street.  Looking on at left is Brian Fawcett of New Asbury Gardens, the landscape architect.   (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, center, and Common Council members, from left, Michelle Osterhoudt, Dana Levinson and Melissa Nicosia plan a Japanese maple at the new Miller Park, at the corner of Lettis Highway and Main Street.  Looking on at left is Brian Fawcett of New Asbury Gardens, the landscape architect.   (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – On Arbor Day 2016, a Japanese maple was planted this morning in the budding Miller Park, which is beginning to emerge at the corner of Main Street and Lettis Highway in honor of late Mayor Dick Miller.

Miller has been a big advocate of more trees in the city, citing their contribution to the urban landscape.

Today also marked the 30th anniversary of Oneonta as a Tree City USA, and Mayor Gary Herzig received a plaque and a sign from DEC Regional Spokesman Scott Moxham.  “(Oneonta) is near the top of the list of cities in the state that are making a commitment to having trees.” said Moxham.

Herzig read a proclamation, highlighting the efforts and commitment of City Forester Alec Pitel;  Cleinman & Associates, a contributor to the park’s construction, former Environmental Board chair Dave Hutchison and landscape architect Brian Fawcett of the New Asbury Gardens.

The park is still seeking donors for memorial benches.

 


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