New Trees Planted at Bellagio After F1 Hacking Incident

The Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas is undergoing some changes, and it’s causing quite a stir. A recent photo submitted to the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows at least 16 fir trees lined up on a street behind the Bellagio fountains. These trees are believed to be the ones that MGM Resorts International had promised to remove from the alcoves in front of the fountains to make room for a grandstand for the inaugural Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix.

However, there is some confusion surrounding the trees. It’s unclear whether these trees are the ones that were removed for the grandstand, or if they are a new set of trees that are being brought in. An email sent to MGM for clarification has gone unanswered, so the origins of these trees remain a mystery.

One thing that is certain is that these trees are not the ones slated to replace the iconic shade trees that used to line the sidewalk in front of the Bellagio. An MGM spokesperson has stated that the timeline and specific species of the replacement trees are still being determined.

Moving forward, all trees planted in the area are expected to be crated so they can be removed each year for the race, which is expected to return at least nine more times.

The removal of the original trees has been met with controversy, as approximately 45 trees provided vital shade to visitors watching the Bellagio fountain show for 25 years. When MGM released renderings of the F1 grandstand in November 2022, it became clear that the sidewalk trees would need to come down to accommodate the construction project. While promises were made to “temporarily and safely remove the trees,” the majority of the trees were hacked and woodchipped overnight, causing widespread outrage on social media.

The fate of the original trees growing in alcoves remains uncertain, but the introduction of new trees and the ongoing changes at the Bellagio continue to generate interest and controversy.