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Memorial trees making way for park improvements

DES MOINES — Nearly 200 trees planted at Des Moines Water Works Park in memory of loved ones will be removed to make way for park improvements.

Water Works CEO Bill Stowe said Tuesday that improvements the community has long wanted can’t be made unless about 180 of the 1,100 memorial crabapple trees are removed. The utility says it’s not feasible for crabapple trees to be replanted.

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