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Cedar Rapids community Christmas tree installed

25-foot Colorado blue spruce is in Greene Square

Zach Hughes, Urban Forester II with the Cedar Rapids Forestry Department, attaches a cable from a Colorado blue spruce tree and a hook on a Coonrod Wrecker and Crane Service crane in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. The tree would be transported to Greene Square to be used as the community Christmas tree. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Zach Hughes, Urban Forester II with the Cedar Rapids Forestry Department, attaches a cable from a Colorado blue spruce tree and a hook on a Coonrod Wrecker and Crane Service crane in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. The tree would be transported to Greene Square to be used as the community Christmas tree. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — A 25-foot Colorado blue spruce is the city of Cedar Rapids official 2017 Christmas tree.

The tree was donated by Janet Walker and crews were out early Monday to harvest and load the tree for installation at Greene Square. Coonrod Wrecker & Crane Service assisted Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation workers in setting up the tree.

The tree will be wrapped with 1,200 feet of lights and more than 7,000 LED bulbs. Four additional smaller trees will be decorated in the planters in the park, located between the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

The additional trees and lights for the large tree were purchased by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

An official tree-lighting ceremony takes place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

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