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New Trees and Bushes Celebrated after Pipeline Work at Riverfront Park

Staff, officials and volunteers from the City of Fridley, Anoka County, Great River Greening and CenterPoint Energy praised a spirit of cooperation.

A 15-year, 80-mile project to replace gas pipelines in the metro area got off to verdant start in Fridley, where last week workers and volunteers celebrated completion of the first phase and planting of 85 trees and shrubs.

They gathered at Anoka County's Riverfront Park along the Mississippi River just south of I-694, where installation of a 24-inch pipeline required the removal of a row of cottonwood trees earlier this year.

An inititative involving many players—Centerpoint Energy, Anoka County's parks and transportation departments, the City of Fridley and the nonprofit group Great River Greening—saw those trees replaced with more than twice as many trees and shrubs to form a natural buffer between the park and nearby East River Road.

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