Courthouse Square Tree Removal Questioned

Jan 7, 2016

Historically a plaza at the center of the city, Courthouse Square is heading for reunification this year.
Credit City of Santa Rosa

Plans for an updated and reunified Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa will mean the removal of some trees--perhaps several dozen—including some of the towering redwoods. That may be a point of contention as the project moves forward.

Old Courthouse Square as it is presently configured.

  Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky says he understands the concerns being expressed by the defenders of the Courthouse Square redwoods, but feels they are a bit premature.

The Environmental Impact Report prepared for the Courthouse Square project, as approved by the city council in February 2014, states that the reunification would require the removal of 91 trees, including five “Heritage Trees,” all to be replaced with new plantings (page 2-4 & 5).  All the new design options for the updated park will be consistent with that, notes Carlile-Macy president Curt Nichols.

The community meeting to review the new design concepts will be held Saturday morning, Jan. 9, from 10 to noon at 19 Old Courthouse Square. Find out more here.

The (soundless) animated "3-D Flythrough" video below offers an approximation of what the reunified square and its new traffic circulation and parking configuration would look like.