Every year officials from the Naperville Park District seek out an evergreen to decorate and display in downtown Naperville. This year, residents Rosemary and Stanley Reynerston donated an evergreen from their front yard for the whole city to enjoy. Rosemary Reynerston admits she was sad to see her beautiful evergreen go, but she’s proud that now everyone has the chance to enjoy it.
“When I told it to my children and my niece they said ‘way to go mom,’” said Rosemary.
The Reynerston’s have lived at their current home since 1972. They said they planted the tree two years after they moved in. What they didn’t think about was how big it would get.
“I didn’t think about the future too much I just wanted that kind of tree so I said I’m gonna do it,” said Rosemary. “I figured what ever happens in the future we’ll think about it then.”
Park District officials said the 30-foot tall is one of the biggest trees they’ve ever had, but it was small enough to fit in the dandelion fountain.
Mrs Reynerston was willing to donate her tree because she began to worry that the roots might reach the gas line that runs to her house and the neighbors weren’t too upset to see it go.
“It was so large and I had this great fear that we might either have an earthquake or a tornado and it would land on my neighbors driveway and knock out his two automobiles that are usually parked there,” she said.
“My husband came in and he said ‘hey look outside the tree is gone’ and I’m thinking no wonder all the sudden our living room was just a burst of light,” said Candace Mikulec, a neighbor. “It’s amazing how big a tree makes a difference.”
The tree will stay up through most of January. Right next to the holiday tree is the Naperville Santa House, which opens to the public on December 2nd.
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