Fairfield to take on reforestation project at Huffman Park

The city of Fairfield is contracting with two companies to complete the landscape architecture and design for the Huffman Park Reforestation Project. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

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The city of Fairfield is contracting with two companies to complete the landscape architecture and design for the Huffman Park Reforestation Project. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

The city plans to replant trees in the north portion of Huffman Park and include walking trails as part of a reforestation project in the park donated 22 years ago by the Huffman Family Farm.

In the past 10 years, the park has been developed with biking and walking trails, a community garden, picnic tables, a playground and has included Earth Day tree plantings.

The Huffman Family Foundation recently provided funding for the additional enhancements to the northern side of the park.

The Huffman Family Foundation has, to date, donated $30,000 for the architecture and design portion of the project.

Last week, two landscape architect firms, Human Nature and Urban Canopy Works, were contracted to develop conceptual drawings, and architectural and engineering plans for the Huffman Park Reforestation Project. Once the plans are drawn, they will go out to bid.

According to the agreements with the two companies, among other things, the project will consist of new tree plantings near the Fairfield Greens golf course, which is adjacent to the park, provide informal paths and seating within the reforestation zone for passive enjoyment of the park and provide project management and oversight.

There will also be volunteers being involved in the planting, which would be coordinated by Urban Canopy Works, according to the proposal.

The Parks and Recreation Board reviewed this proposal and project at its May 10 meeting, and City Council approved the proposal at its May 23 meeting.

“Restoring urban canopy is environmentally important in all aspects, improving air and water quality, restoring wildlife habitats, and helping reduce our carbon footprint,” said Fairfield Parks and Recreation Director Tiphanie Mays.

Fairfield manages nearly 30 parks and more than 600 acres of land, as well as nine facilities and more than a dozen miles of trails.

The Huffman Park Reforestation Project is scheduled to begin this fall.

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