Hannibal is installing gates around the base of its trees on Main Street.
The city installed the first 8 of about 32 gates.
The Hannibal Tree Board chose this style of gate for several reasons.
Officials say they should keep people from stepping off the concrete sidewalk into the mulched area and tripping.
They also protect the trees themselves.
“We feel really good that we used a local fabricator to make them and we also tried to match the planters and park benches so I think they really add attractiveness to the downtown,” said Tree Board President Kristy Trevathan.
Officials said the rest of the gates will be installed when weather cooperates.
They cost $250 each which is within their yearly budget.