John Mitchell Center and Ice Arena (Area H)
Past the Costello Sports Complex entrance is the ice arena section of the building, where one may view the Accolade Cherry (Prunus sargentii ‘Accolade’) (H-1). This cherry tree is known for its magnificent blush pink flowers and spreading habit. If walkers continue from the Accolade Cherry in a westward direction along Campus Avenue, they will encounter the John Mitchell Center, home to USM’s School of Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology. One of the oldest programs on campus, the industrial arts program was formally housed in an old army barracks transported onto campus and places beside Upton Hall. In 1965, construction of a new industrial arts center began, and the old barracks was torn down. In 1994, the building was named for John Mitchell, former faculty of the industrial arts program.
Next to the entrance located on the right side of the building is a Chinese Witchhazel (Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’) (H-6). Despite Maine’s long winters, this tree blooms no later than March, exhibiting small red flowers. Moving up the sidewalk toward John C. Mitchell Center’s front entrance, viewers will pass an American Smoketree (Cotinus obovatus) (H-2) known for its brilliant fall colors. If walkers round the west corner of the building, they will find a row of three Hackberries (Celtis occidentalis) (H-7), trees chosen for their ability to thrive under almost any conditions with little to no maintenance. Also located on this western corner is a Douglasii Aurea Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis, ‘Douglasii Aurea’) (H-4)
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