What is the Spruce-Hickory Grove?
In the early spring of 2021, Buhr park next door neighbors noticed tiny tree seedlings had emerged in the mowed areas near the sledding hill. Several clusters of spruce trees grace the western side of the hill and a mature hickory stands close by to the southeast. Could we save these majestic tree seedlings? Could they stay here to provide shade for ball field spectators? Or could they be moved to safe places? Mowers agreed to mow around them. Park staff studied the proposals and offered assistance to provide a safe space for them to find homes around the spruce trees. The area could then become vegetated as a short grass prairie. Mowing would be reduced and the crown of the middle and western side of the hill top would become a spruce/hickory grove.