STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

2nd generation trees may come to Tippecanoe Co. Fairgrounds

A little more than 60 trees are expected to be chopped down in order to reshape the fairgrounds but commissioners say a project started years ago could replace them.

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 5:47 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2018 6:32 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A second generation of trees could be coming to the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds. 

About 64 trees are expected to be chopped down in order to reshape the area.

"We are trying to keep as many as possible," said Commissioner David Byers. 

The trees with orange plastic wrapped around them are expected to go. 

"We could lay the pipes through, but we'll cut roots, and in five years, the trees are going to be dead then too," said Byers. "So, it's just a matter of being pro-active."

Over the years, the wooded area at the fairgrounds started flooding. As a result, it's become the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Commissioners want to reshape the grounds to make it a safer green space. Some of the trees pose a danger to the public.

"They're getting their age, we've had limbs come down during the fair on people's cars," said Byers.

Byers knows people will be sad about getting rid of trees with so much history but he hopes what they plan to do next softens the blow.

"We are trying to turn a facility that has strongly lived its life, and bring new life," said Byers. 

Thanks to Woody Warehouse Nursery, a second generation of these trees can be planted at the fairgrounds.

Woody Warehouse employees started collecting seeds at the fairgrounds years ago. The trees' babies, if you will, have been growing at their facility in Hendricks County for about five years.

"That's about as good as it gets when it comes to local genetics," said Woody Warehouse Co-Owner Pete Berg. 

Sometime in the future, commissioners hope to buy and plant the saplings at the Fairgrounds. It's a rare opportunity.

"Not every municipality gets the luxury of having their own genetics," said Berg. "For example, because we are not collecting seed from every species in every town."

Byers knows change is difficult.

"This is a beautiful place, it really is," said Byers. "And it has a tremendous amount of history to it and a lot of memories to it and it's going to still make memories. It's still for the people."

Byers expects the trees to be cut down sometime this fall.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32078

Reported Deaths: 2004
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9268539
Lake3320168
Cass15826
Allen130966
St. Joseph120534
Hendricks113067
Hamilton111592
Johnson1086104
Elkhart105728
Madison58258
Porter49021
Bartholomew48133
Clark46138
LaPorte41522
Tippecanoe3753
Jackson3671
Howard36519
Delaware35735
Hancock32127
Shelby31521
Floyd31438
Boone28835
Morgan26224
Vanderburgh2482
Montgomery23117
White2268
Decatur22431
Clinton2221
Grant19121
Noble18921
Harrison18721
Dubois1852
Greene16724
Warrick16426
Dearborn16421
Henry1619
Monroe16011
Vigo1477
Lawrence14423
Miami1391
Putnam1337
Jennings1274
Orange12422
Scott1183
Ripley1126
Franklin1068
Kosciusko941
Carroll922
Daviess8216
Steuben802
Marshall761
Newton7410
Wabash722
Wayne715
Fayette684
LaGrange602
Jasper581
Washington521
Fulton471
Rush452
Jay440
Randolph433
Jefferson411
Whitley402
Pulaski390
Clay391
Owen341
Brown331
Sullivan321
Starke313
DeKalb311
Perry260
Huntington262
Knox250
Tipton251
Benton250
Wells240
Crawford230
Blackford211
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Spencer171
Posey170
Parke170
Gibson142
Ohio130
Warren121
Adams121
Vermillion90
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0154
West Lafayette
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 67°
Kokomo
Few Clouds
69° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 69°
Rensselaer
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Fowler
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 66°
Williamsport
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 67°
Crawfordsville
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 61°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
67° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 67°
Delphi
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 65°
Monticello
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 65°
Logansport
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Some more storms ahead....
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events