Geneva celebrating Arbor Day April 25

The City of Geneva and Geneva City Shade Tree Committee will be celebrating Arbor Day by planting Kwanzan Cherry trees along the walking path at Brook Street Park on April 25, at 10:00 AM. School children and community members will be involved in the planting. All are welcome to attend and help out. Arbor Day provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate our community’s commitment to improving our environment and providing educational experiences for our young and old. The City’s Shade Tree Committee assists the City with creating and maintaining a healthy, functional, and safe urban forest. You can learn more about the Shade Tree Committee and the benefit of urban street trees at genevatrees.org. The Kwanzan cherry tree is a remarkable choice for the Brook Street Park walking path. The beautiful double pink flowers and bronze leaves that change to dark green, yellow, orange and copper in the autumn will accentuate the existing aesthetic qualities of the park. The Walking Path Improvement Project was made possible by the collaboration of the City of Geneva’s Department of Public Works, the Hildreth Hill Neighborhood Association and the Castle Heights Neighborhood Association and was completed in 2012. The City of Geneva began celebrating Arbor Day in April 1999 with, then Mayor, Joanne Wisor and Middle School students, by planting a Tulip tree on South Main Street. Every year since, a celebration with a City Proclamation has taken place at various locations in the City. From a single tree to an entire street re-planting, the City of Geneva has maintained its Tree City status for 15 years. The Tree City designation recognizes municipalities that effectively manage their community trees, develop connectivity with the community to foster healthy urban forests and strive to engage their community. http://www.arborday.org/

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