Preparations for the holiday season in the Elm City are already underway.
Each year the New Haven Parks Department searches the area for its holiday tree. This year they revisited a suggestion they received a few years back from a family in Prospect. The tree on their property wound up the perfect fit to light up the Green this holiday season.
Katrina Miller’s dad David had thought about cutting down the 65-foot Norway spruce next to his family’s home in Prospect.
“He was supposed to but he decided to wait,” Miller explained.
It was meant to be, because the City of New Haven has selected the tree to be its centerpiece for this year’s holiday season.
“It’s special to him because he loves the holiday,” Miller said.
David Miller grew up in the Elm City. He said he’ll be thinking of his mother and grandmother who passed away last year when he joins his family on the green for the tree lighting.
On Thursday a New Haven tree crew continued tying down branches as they prepare the tree for transport.
“We cut the tree at the base the crane lifts it put it’s on a flatbed, we strap it down, drive it all the way to the New Haven Green from Prospect,” said Adam Wambolt, a New Haven tree trimmer.
The process begins early.
“We like to get it set up and ready you know early on, you know its gonna get cold, we’ve had snowstorms late October before and it would be a real pain to get something like this done with snow on the ground so we do it now,” Wambolt said.
After arriving on the New Haven Green, the tree will be decorated with tens of thousands of lights.
The tree will be moved next week. The tree lighting is set for Thursday, Nov. 29.
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