City Hall has selected a citizen-donated Christmas tree that will be installed on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
This year’s tree, which was selected from 270 candidates, comes from Mr. Guy Sever at 506 Stalker Bay. The 12-metre-high (42′) Colorado blue spruce has a trunk diameter of 45 centimeters (18″) at its base. The estimated age of the tree is 35 years.
“I’ve been thinking about donating the tree for a couple years because it has grown to cover nearly half of our front yard,” said Sever. “It is such a large tree and really part of the neighbourhood, so I also wanted to ask how my neighbours and daughters felt about having it removed. Everyone was very excited to know that it could be the City Hall Christmas tree and supported the decision to submit it for consideration this year. We are looking forward to visiting City Hall and being able to say ‘That’s our tree!’”
On October 18, 2013 the City asked citizens to submit their trees for consideration as none of the trees the City had inspected met the necessary criteria. This was the first time in history the City asked for additional help in locating the appropriate tree for City Hall.