Parks Head Honored
by Staff | Dec 5, 2013 1:07 pm
Posted to: Environment
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.”
“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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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!
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.
Congratulations, Christy!! You deserve the award for all that you do for New Haven Parks.