Landscaping on historic Green Bay street gets help from Packers

The village roadsigns bear lots of famous names. Photo: waymarking.comThe village roadsigns bear lots of famous names.

The Green Bay Packers organization has stepped up to help maintain the median landscaping on Lombardi Avenue in the team’s Wisconsin hometown. In 2011, the state planted 172 trees, 640 shrubs and nearly 3,000 perennials in the median and handed the maintenance responsibilities over to the Village of Ashwaubenon in October 2014.

“It’s beautiful,” Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger told Fox 11, “but it is a lot of landscaping. It takes a lot of maintenance.”

Enter the Packer’s organization, which has hired a private contractor to maintain the landscaping. The area is now getting some much-needed TLC. According to Fox 11, a Packers spokesman said in a statement that the team felt the landscaping “would provide a very visually appealing entrance to the area and offered to take over its upkeep …”

The team said in a prepared statement that it was “pleased to be able to contribute to this welcoming amenity.”

The village of Ashwaubenon estimated in 2011 that maintenance of the medians would have cost taxpayers $22,821.80 a year. Aubinger is happy to have the Packers step in.

“I think they, like we, want a really nice gateway into the community,” Aubinger said. “They want it to look nice and sharp.”

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