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Parks Head Honored

by Staff | Dec 5, 2013 2:07 pm

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Thomas MacMillan Photo Christy Hass is an “outstanding urban forestry professional.”

So says the Connecticut Urban Forest Council, which gave Hass (pictured) its Fred Borman Award at its 2013 conference in Southington on Oct. 30.

Hass is the acting director of the New Haven parks department. She won the award in recognition of her “leadership, dedication and hard work in the practice of urban forestry.”

The city released this brief bio of Hass, who supervises everything from snow shoveling and the Green’s annual holiday tree to the Fourth of July fireworks:

“A Tree Warden for 35 years and a charter member of the Connecticut Tree Warden Association, Christy Hass has been an urban forest advocate for decades.  Ms. Hass was appointed by the Governor as a member of the Connecticut Tree Protective Examining Board for State Certification of Arborists.  During her career, Ms. Hass has worked in both rural towns and bustling cities.  As Director of Parks and Recreation for Rocky Hill, CT, from 1977 to 1998, Ms. Hass established herself as a tireless professional.  In her position as Deputy Director of Parks and Squares for the City of New Haven from 1999 to 2013, Ms. Hass has overseen the care of 30,000 street trees, the planting of thousands of new street trees and of historic “legacy” trees city-wide.”

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posted by: cedarhillresident! on December 5, 2013  2:26pm

Congratulations Christy!

posted by: John Fitzpatrick on December 5, 2013  3:24pm

Well deserved!

posted by: yeoldegris on December 5, 2013  4:26pm

Ms. Haas is a dynamic, dedicated, personable professional who has dealt with hurricanes and blizzards and festivals and City-Wide programs with style, energy and attention to detail. She understands the absolute importance of green spaces, trees and recreation in our City. She leads a dedicated, woefully small and under-appreciated group of workers who do more than their share to keep the tens of thousands of trees safe and the parks healthy. I live in the Wooster Square neighborhood, and also visit Edgewood and Edgerton parks and the New Haven Green frequently. They are our backyards. They are cared for tirelessly. Take a deep breath folks: that oxygen is coming out of a Park. Thank you, Christy! Thank you, Parks, Rec & Trees!

posted by: Paul Wessel on December 5, 2013  4:34pm

Christy is one of those leaders in the “Number 2” Deputy positions - when they can get away with it - who make the city run.  They embody, literally, the collective historic wisdom of city operations.  Kudos, Christy, and here’s hoping you get a Department Director soon so you can duck below the radar and get some work done.

posted by: Nan Bartow on December 5, 2013  8:07pm

Congratulations, Christy!!  You deserve the award for all that you do for New Haven Parks.

posted by: Stephanie FitzGerald on December 5, 2013  9:15pm

Congratulations, Christy!

posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on December 5, 2013  9:28pm


posted by: JMS on December 6, 2013  2:45pm

Very well deserved indeed. Christy is a great asset to the city of New Haven. I have had the pleasure of meeting with her in relation to youth activities and her efforts have always been genuine and supportive.

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