Davis Park between the Capitol and Summer Streets is being given a touch up, after its last redesign in the 80’s. There will be a removal of three pear trees and a couple of smaller trees might raise the hackles of environmentalists, but it will be replaced with flowering dogwood and native West Virginia foliage like rhododendron, phlox, ferns and bluebells.
Already removed are the hedges along Lee and Capitol streets, giving the citizens and law enforcement an easy view in and out of the park. The park’s redesign is aiming to cut down on maintenance and hopefully eradicate the biting midges that prey on the park goers, especially during the summer.
The project has started last fall and work will continue this summer. It is projected that the redesign will take two more years to finish and will cost Charleston $136,647 for maintenance and other expenses.