To commemorate National Arbor Day on Friday, April 26, four trees will be planted in the median area of Crane Park, bounded by Westnedge Avenue, Park Street, and Maple Street. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and volunteers are welcome to join. Parking will be available along Maple Street.
Four species will be planted: American Beech, Red Maple, Black Gum, and Dogwood, all of which are native species of the region.
The location for this event was chosen after numerous requests, including many from the recently concluded tree planting survey on www.imaginekalamazoo.com. The location also has the space to support mature trees and is in need of canopy cover.
This event is organized by the City of Kalamazoo’s Forestry Division and Department of Parks & Recreation, as well as the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and Tree Committee.
This Arbor Day will make the 26th year that the City of Kalamazoo has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. To be recognized, a City must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a forestry program, and observe Arbor Day, among other requirements.
In total, the City of Kalamazoo plans to plant 500 new trees in 2019, thanks to support from the Foundation for Excellence.