Portland Tree to Arrive in Monument Square on Thursday


A Holiday Tree Decorated as Part of a Celebration in the Town of Damariscotta.

The tree that signals the start of the holiday season in Portland will arrive in Monument Square on Thursday, about 9:00 am.

Crews from the Forestry Section of Portland’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department will prepare the 40′ Norway Spruce tree for transportation to Monument Square beginning at 8:00 am at the Deering Oaks Baseball Field in Portland.  Keeley Crane Services and Shaw Brothers Construction have donated staff, care and transportation services to make this project possible.  Assistance will also be provided by Portland Police and Portland Parking Control  Around 9:00 am, the tree will begin idts short trip from Deering Oaks to Monument Square.

Jeff Taring, city of Portland Arborist said:  “This is the second time in as many years that our tree has come from a public space rather than a private tree donor.  Typically, we would not remove the healthy tree from a public open space or park without cause, but our Deering Oaks tree was planted too lose to the baseball field and the nearby light tower.  Thank you to the Friends of Deering Oaks and to the City of Portland for helping us find this beautiful tree!”

The tree will be lit with 5,000 LED lights at Monument Square.  Tree lighting will be on Friday, November 24th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm