Removal of trees from the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) site commenced Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Felled trees and stumps could be seen along the northern edge of the Jackson Park Women's Garden. Further south within the OPC footprint more trees had been cut, their stumps remaining in the ground.
Earlier in the week, trees in the OPC site had been marked with bands of different colors: blue, green and white.
According to a contractor doing a survey of the trees on the site, the trees with green and blue bands were to be "repurposed" and those with white bands were to be removed without repurposing.
In response to a question about the repurposing of these trees, an Obama Foundation spokesperson wrote to the Herald that "The trees will be repurposed into playground equipment, furnishings, nurse logs to propagate site biology, or provided to local artists and artisans for work in and around Jackson Park."
The contractor surveying the area said that among the trees on the OPC site before the cutting started, there were "a few" remaining from Olmsted's original landscaping of the area. He said that the Obama Foundation will attempt to save two of these large trees, which are located at the southern edge of the OPC footprint.