On October 23, 2019, the Springfield Park District honored Friends Board member, steward of the Washington Park nature trail and friend of nature, George Rose, with a white oak tree, planted just east of the smaller parking area for the tennis courts.
As many of you know, George passed away earlier this summer. George worked tirelessly on behalf of the Friends to restore the nature trail area in Washington Park, removing honeysuckle and other invasive species. He also helped create “no mow” areas in the park to al- low white oak seedlings to grow. His efforts inspired a group of dedicated volunteers that helped him out rain, shine, snow, or ice. We will miss George dearly, but Washington Park attests to his time here and with us, and we are grateful.