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Gertrude G. Yates - Merchantville, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 57.035 W 075° 02.944
18S E 495808 N 4422273
Quick Description: Yet another dedicated tree on the municipal grounds. If its alive then its dedicated!, is this local town's motto. The shade commission has every living object (and some not) dedicated, all with similar markers.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 7/3/2010 9:28:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM95Y2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 2

Long Description:

This dedicated tree is located very close to the steps and entrance of the municipal building. As you walk down the center path and approach the West Maple Avenue entrance, make a right down the side concrete path. Go a couple of steps and look to your left. Now, look down and you have dedication marker.

After walking the streets of downtown Merchantville for a few hours I discovered this is a “Shade Tree” kind of community with trees lining every street, business and each park and playground. The shopping area on Centre St, & West & Park Avenues are all very quaint. I spied lots restaurants, grocery stores, specialty shops, and all sorts of other eclectic shops. These dedicated trees enhance the natural beauty of this town.

As far as dedicated trees are concerned the town takes this very serious and has a commission with board members who have been taking care of this for 68 years! In 1942, Borough Council formed a Shade Tree Commission according to State provisions. This group was assigned the task of planting, caring and removing all trees that stand between the street and the side walk and all public property. The rest of the trees in Merchantville to be in the care of the property owner.

The Shade Tree Commission may be contacted through Borough Hall at 856-662-2474 ext.173. Today, the Commission maintains jurisdiction over all trees in the borough which are on community property including trees are growing between the sidewalk and curb, trees in Wellwood or Morrissey Park and trees on Municipal property. Memorial trees and plaques are available through the Commission.

The inscribed/etched white, polished stone marker at the foot of the tree is flush with the ground. It reads:

In Memory Of
Gertrude G. Yates

Location of the tree: In front of Merchantville Municipal Building located @ 1 West Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ 08109

Type of tree: Holly

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