julia little holds a maple tree while Lenard Lindstrom shovels dirt onto it in front of city hall June 3 as part of the Little Townsite Big Celebration ongoing events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the townsite survey. Two maple trees were planted at city hall: this one for pioneers and the other one for former mayors from 1927 to 2001.

Tree planting honours city pioneers and past mayors

TO HELP honour pioneers, the founders and past leaders of the city, four maple trees were planted last week.

TO HELP honour pioneers, the founders and past leaders of the city, four maple trees were planted last week.

Two trees took up new residence on the front law of city hall; one to honour the past mayors of Terrace from 1927 to 2001 and one for the pioneers here.

Two more in honour of city founder George Little and his wife Clara were planted in George Little Park.

This took place as part of the Little Townsite Big Celebration that’s going on all year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the townsite survey.

City hall was built in 1964 and the current tall trees in front likely put in soon afterward, said celebration committee co-chair Yvonne Moen.

“We’ll plant these two [trees] and if any have to come down, there will already be two  [more] here,” she said.

Committee member Lynne Christiansen put forth the idea of planting the trees because when George Little brought in special maple trees from Ontario in 1914 that were put along Lakelse Ave. and made the street so beautiful, said Moen.

Helping plant the trees were past city mayor Dave Maroney, George Little’s daughter-in-law Julia Little and Lenard Lindstrom, whose grandparents Charles and Emma Lindstrom were one of the pioneer families here.

“We felt it was important to honour them,” said Moen.

And plaques will be put up on the rock in front of city hall, possibly during Riverboat Days in a more formal ceremony, said Moen.