Niagara Gazette — John Caso, the city’s deputy director of the department of public works, said the city has had a memorial tree program in place for over 20 years. “The only thing people have to pay for is the tree,” he said, noting the rate is about $250 to $400 and that trees can be placed for any reason in any of the city parks. Just recently, he added, friends of a woman who hit a hole-in-one, had a tree planted on the Hyde Park Golf Course, noting her achievement and the date.
But, most often, the trees are planted in memory of a loved one, and Greg’s tree, near the plaque with his name and birthdate engraved on it, has brought his mother some comfort. The six-foot maple tree is located at Robinson Drive and Michigan Avenue in the park. Now, her son will always be a part of the city he finally got to see with his mom, his sister, Nakiyah, 12, and his dad, Robert Nelams Jr. at his side.
“My baby got to see what he wanted with those he loved most,” his mom said.