The City of Methuen partnered with Groundwork Lawrence to plant 350 trees here last month as part of an expanded Greening the Gateway Cities initiative.

Crews began with street trees on lower Broadway, then planted shade trees at locations including Nevins Library, Mystic Street, and the Pinewood/Larchwood Road areas.

The Methuen Housing Authority now has new trees adorning its property on Mystic Street as well as their JFK development. Three dozen trees – ranging from Magnolias and Red Maples to Basswoods and Flowering Dogwoods – were divided among the developments. They were donated to the housing authority through

Groundworks Lawrence, who will care for the trees for two years.

“We’re all very happy and can’t wait to see them bloom,” said resident Dotti Pepe, who also cares for the flowers in front of the community building on the premises.

Residents and staff of the Housing Authority on Mystic Street stand with some of the newly planted trees. Shown are residents Gail Drouin and Olga Rivera, Director of Public Housing Yeimy Medina, resident Dotti Pepe, Executive Director Anne-Marie Moglia, resident Dave Pepe, Director of Maintenance Matt DiZoglio and resident Denise Mathieu. MethuenLife photo by Nancy Reardon