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Central Park Replanting Begins After Storm Damage

By DNAinfo Staff on April 27, 2010 8:56am  | Updated on April 27, 2010 8:17am

By Mariel S. Clark

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — Central Park workers have begun replacing the hundreds of trees that were uprooted and damaged by last summer's severe storms, according to the Central Park Conservancy.

Last week, workers started the "regreening" effort by planting 34 trees at the Great Hill, near the West 100s, the area most damaged by the storms, the conservancy said on its website.

More than 500 trees were destroyed and another 1,000 were damaged by 80-mile-per-hour windstorms that tore through the city in August.

"It looked like a war zone," park visitor Grashka Stefanczyk said at the time.

The storms caused an estimated $3 million in damage and trees in the park have been falling and branches breaking in the months since.

Workers hope to plant 275 trees and 520 shrubs in upcoming years, the conservancy president told the New York Post.