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Naperville Family Donates Riverwalk Holiday Tree

The Gobernatz family has long envisioned this 30 foot tall Blue Spruce tree becoming the Naperville Park District’s Riverwalk Holiday Tree.

“Would it actually happen I don’t know, I didn’t know that they had a program like that but we kind of said ‘it’s kind of big it should be somewhere’,” said Cheryl Gobernatz, a Naperville resident who donated a tree to the Park District.

Her mom, Nancy Gobernatz added, “Well it wasn’t so big at the time, so we let it grow because we thought it had to be big to be in the Riverwalk.”

And now it is.

Crews from the Park District arrived on scene, prepared and cut down the tree free of charge.

They then transported it to the Riverwalk, where it took the place of the Dandelion Fountain.

“This is a tradition that’s been going a long time and it’s just an example of how Naperville community members are so giving and love our community and want to make it beautiful,” said Sue Omanson, Community Development Manager with the Naperville Park District.

Nancy Gobernatz dedicates the tree to her mother, who first identified the Blue Spruce in the yard.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.


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