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1920 saw the completion of tree planting in the Kensico Dam Plaza.
A diagram of the Kensico Dam Plaza as it was originally designed in 1920. The plan shows the dam and reflecting pool (called the Basin), roads including NY-22, Broadway (connecting Valhalla and North White Plains), and the brick roads to the top of the dam up the east and west sides, and the trees planted. 15,000 trees and shrubs were planted around the plaza. When originally planted the trees ranged from 18 inches to 12 feet in height.
A view of the western side of the plaza with freshly planted trees. I believe much of the foreground is now occupied by the northern end of the Bronx River Parkway. In the end, between 1911 and 1920 a total of 1,367,098 trees were planted around the reservoir, mostly white pine, Scotch pine, red pine, and Norway spruce.
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Synopsis written by Robert Mortell, 2013.