Foley to remove traditional Christmas tree in downtown park as replacement … –

Foley Christmas decorations 2013 Foley’€™s traditional Christmas tree, an Eastern red cedar, at right, is shown strewn with white lights on Dec. 19, 2013. The city is moving ahead with plans to remove the bushy cedar on Monday, June 9, 2014. Beginning in December, the Japanese fir, on left, will serve as the city’s official Christmas tree. (Marc D. Anderson/ 

FOLEY, Alabama — Each holiday season for roughly the past 30 years, the community has gathered to watch the ceremonial lighting of its Christmas tree — an Eastern red cedar — at John B. Foley Park on Ala. 59.

Come December, however, a new tree will be the center of attention during the annual Christmas in the Park event.

A Japanese fir, planted in 1998 by the Foley Revitalization and Beautification Advisory Board during the Arbor Day celebration as the “Christmas tree of the future,” has finally matured enough to where the bushy cedar will be cut down, according to Suzanne Kellams, the city’s administrative assistant.

“It’s just not a pretty tree anymore,” Kellams told the council this week. “It’s lost its shape. It doesn’t have a shape of a Christmas tree at all.”

The current Beautification Board approved the cedar’s removal and the council had no issues with that decision.

Crews from Riviera Utilities are scheduled to cut it down on Monday.

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