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Town of Hamden

Posted on: October 1, 2019

Mayor Leng Announces “Project Welcome” 5 New “Door Trees” to be planted in Hamden!

Mayor Leng Announces “Project Welcome”

5 New “Door Trees” to be planted in Hamden!

Hamden – Mayor Curt Balzano Leng and Town Historian David Johnson are very pleased to announce a new initiative in the Town of Hamden to be known as “Project Welcome”. This new initiative will engage the public to determine locations for the planting of new “Door Trees” around Hamden’s various communities. Tragically, Hamden’s historic “Door Tree” was vandalized and cut down earlier this year. The iconic tree was a part of Hamden’s legacy, and beloved by many residents over a span of more than 100 years.

Mayor Leng would like to give new life to this cherished legacy, and has asked the public to offer their opinions on where the new “Door Trees” should be planted! Residents wishing to participate should submit their votes by visiting The final day to cast your vote will be September 21st, 2019. Flyers advertising the project will be distributed to Hamden Public Schools, and available on the Town’s social media platforms.

Mayor Leng and Johnson have agreed that 5 new trees will be planted, with 3 locations predetermined to be at Town Center Park, the original Door Tree location (pending RWA approval) and a secret location which will not be disclosed. Members of the public have the option of choosing 2 new locations from 6 options, those options being Brooksvale Park, Rendeiro Field, Eli Whitney Park, Carusone Field, DeNicola Park, and Larry’s Playground.

The new “Door Trees” will be planted with the recommendations and supervision of the Town’s Tree Warden and licensed arborist, and will be maintained by the Hamden Public Works Department.

Commenting, Mayor Leng said, “This is a small project with a big community impact. Our residents loved the Door Tree, and our future generations of children and families deserve to continue enjoying its legacy. Hamden’s annual tree planting program is robust, as dozens and dozens of trees are planted around Town each spring and fall. I look forward to this year’s program, and towards engaging with the public as we choose locations for our new Door Trees!”


For further information, please contact Deputy Chief of Staff, Patrick J. Donnelly, at 203-287-7009 or


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