Living memorial to stay at Hazel Ruby McQuain park

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) -- After some questioning, more cherry trees lining part of the rail trail at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Park in Morgantown will be staying.

Forty-five Yoshino cherry trees were originally donated to the riverfront trail by Milan Roh in 2001, as a living memorial for his wife. As the City of Morgantown and the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust moves forward with a $4.2 million remodel of the park and amphitheater, the trust has advocated for as many of the trees to be preserved as possible.

"The trust is thrilled we can preserve more of the trees, a true signature of the park, and continue to respect the intent of the Roh family gift and memorial," said Steve Farmer, a trustee.

"Our family is overjoyed to have found a solution for all parties involved," said Roh. "We are grateful for Councilor Wallace and the trust for guiding us to a positive resolution that extends my wife's memory for years to come."

The trees are in various stages of health. Officials say any trees that have to be removed will be given to West Virginia University in hopes that they can be propagated.