SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Four years after the devastating June 1, 2011 tornado, the rehabilitation process continues in Springfield’s Maple High-Six Corners neighborhood, and there was another sign of progress on Central Street Wednesday morning. Members of the group Keep Springfield Beautiful have arranged for more trees to be planted along the street.
Eladio Rivera and his family stop to admire the new greenery and what it means to their neighborhood.
“It’s brightening up more than what it used to be, all the trees we lost when the tornado hit very hard, I mean It’s good the city is coming together to put trees back in the ground,” neighborhood resident Eladio Rivera said.
Further up tree-lined Central Street, the neighborhood’s new housing has new families moving into this once-depressed neighborhood. Longtime resident Kuyla Soto can see the difference.
“It’s becoming a better neighborhood, back then, it wasn’t so good. All these trees, the grass and everything, all the houses that they’re building…” she said.
Little by little, Maple High-Six Corners continues to show improvement. More trees will be planted and more families will move into the new homes being built on Central Street.