Union City and Jersey City residents gather for Washington Park Vigil. Residents expressed discontent over 30 trees being removed from the park to make way for a regulation size soccer field.



  1. Thanks to everyone who spoke up for the park trees: old but healthy. Have heard that the trees were already dead but looking at them it’s obvious they were alive. Sap flowed and the branches going through the chipper was a steady green. The trunks were stripped down and readied for the sawmill. Maybe a handful, if that, showed signs of decay but as was pointed out these trees survived hurracane force winds. Trees of this age, 80 years, are rare in Union City, and it’s a shame another location was not found to spare these unique trees.
    Even the pro-Stack supporter toward the end, stated that consideration should have been shown these big trees.
    I agree with another speaker, the trees need to be replenished and this kind of tree cutting in a public park (county owned, city leased) should “never happen again.”
    I appreciated that the Union City Neighborhood Association gave people an opportunity for closure and to air their views freely.