Urban Forest Plan

 Area between Stadium and Practice Fields
132. Area between Stadium and Practice Fields

Poplar Roots Damaging Walkway
133. Poplar Roots Damaging Walkway

Dense Grove West of Jorn Orr Tower
134. Dense Grove West of Jorn Orr Tower

Richardson Stadium and Practive Fields: Existing Condition
135. Richardson Stadium and Practive Fields: Existing Condition

Richardson Stadium and Practive Fields: Improvement Concept
136. Richardson Stadium and Practive Fields: Improvement Concept


As a facility for special events, the plantings should be renewed and maintained to a higher level.

Priority rating: 2

Richardson Stadium is a major facility on the west campus. Embankments support the east bleachers, with flanking slopes mass planted with Sumac and Silver Buffaloberry shrubs. Rows of Poplars are planted at the north, south and east edges of the field. There are some newer plantings of Norway and Crimson King Maples, Elm, Red Oak and Ironwood along the north edge. The latter are dead and should be removed. The two practice fields to the south of the stadium west of John Orr Tower are enclosed by perimeter tree rows and a slope with a dense grove, the remnants of a naturalized wood lot of Elm (dominant species), Hackberry, Black Locust, Norway Maple and Lilac; none are of great value. Newer plantings of similar species are found along the path east of John Orr Tower.

The Poplars are the worst trees in this area. Originally planted as a hedgerow, they matured some years ago and are now rapidly declining. Their aggressive roots have also damaged the surrounding playing field and walkway surfaces, creating unsafe conditions. These trees should be removed and replaced with new deciduous trees. The Red Oak planted adjacent to the wall at the ball diamond should be continued as a linear planting along that entire edge. It would provide some separation between the spaces and define the walkway connection from the parking lot to the Stadium. The dense naturalized area on the slope to the east of the practice fields should be substantially removed and replaced with carefully placed groupings of deciduous and evergreen trees to improve safety and provide informal viewing areas on the slope. If there are any existing specimen quality trees such as Elm in this grove, a stand could be kept and the understory removed to meet safety concerns. This would provide some immediate canopy and separation between facilities.

New deciduous tree plantings to contain and define the various spaces including athletic facilities, parking areas, and connecting pathways would greatly enhance the experience for visitors and returning alumni. A minimum setback from all play out limits and walkways should be considered when locating new trees. Maintenance should include mulching around the base of all new plantings, avoidance of species with aggressive root systems and removal of all shrubs. This would include the removal of the shrubs at the bleachers and possibly infilling this area with additional seating. Replacement shrubs flanking the bleachers should be lower growing species such as Junipers. The shrubs around the washroom building should also be removed. The student entrance area should be upgraded with paving and shade trees.

Species recommendation

Shade and accent tree
   Acer sp., Maple species (Sugar, Red)
   Carya sp., Hickory species (Bitternut, Shagbark)
   Celtis occidentalis, Hackberry
   Fraxinus americana, White Ash
   Quercus sp., Oak species (Red, English)
   Robinia pseudoacacia, Black Locust
   Picea sp., Spruce species (Norway, Colorado)
   Pinus sp.,Pine species (White, Austrian)