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Neighbors upset over trees cut to make room for greenway

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The Bellevue Greenway is about to become one of the longest connected greenways in the county, however, many neighbors say that in order to do so, the city is taking out too many trees along the Harpeth River.

Some think it's odd to see how much green is being destroyed in order to make the area a greenway, and that is the real concern for people who live along the river in Davidson County.

The sound of snapping and falling trees is horrible to Clare Barker's ears. She lives in Bellevue and said dozens of decades-old trees are coming down near her home.

"The trees that you see right on this bank are from what they put down, so some did come into the river," Barker said. "My concern is, if you want to be green, is that they will come back - not short saplings, but trees that will as pretty as it has been."

The Bellevue Greenway will one day stretch the entire length of the Harpeth River in Bellevue without exposure to a single car, making it a safe and healthy way to exercise and enjoy the fresh air.

While the new trees might start out small, Parks Director Tommy Lynch said if you look at the big picture, this project is great for the river as a whole.

"There is a restoration plan. We always revegetate, and right now some of the trees that were taken out so we can put the bridge in," Lynch said. "In general, they will grow and they will come back. Just the fact that the greenway is there helps the water, helps the conservation and helps the environment."

Environmentalists have checked out the work and say the revegetation plan should properly fill out the greenway with full-grown trees, but it will take time.

Officials said the greenway project could be completed by May.

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