Union mall closed for semester to maintain lawn
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 23:10
The new fence structure surrounding the Student Union Mall is a temporary solution to allow grass to grow, said university spokesperson Stephanie Reitz.
Students are still allowed on the lawn, said Reitz, but the “bollard-and-chain” system are to discourage a significant of people from walking through or large gatherings such as flag football.
Reitz said the system is expected to be up for the rest of this semester, and into next semester. They will most likely assess if it should remain up or not in the spring.
The decorative posts were installed three weeks ago. They are permanent, but the chains can come down.
Grass seed was put down at the end of the summer to improve to turf quality, and because of the lack of rain, it has not taken hold as much as the landscape professionals would like, said Reitz.
“This work is part of a broader emphasis on caring for the university’s landscaping in a way that makes the campus appearance reflect the excellence for which we strive in all areas. Reitz wrote in an email, “An attractive and well-maintained campus is attractive to visitors and potential students, reflects a sense of pride, and maintains the assets that the state entrusts to UConn.”
The mall was also closed for three years starting in 2002 when it was used as the staging site for contractors renovating the Student Union.