Tree-planting event returns April 27
The Wichita Park and Recreation Department will host the 57th Annual Arbor Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 27 at Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St. North. This celebration highlights the value trees provide to residents through a variety of educational activities and demonstrations.
“For decades, Wichitans have realized the importance of trees to our quality of life and, through good and bad economic times, we have ensured that our urban forest is renewed and maintained,” said Doug Kupper, Director of Park and Recreation. “As a result, Wichita has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 26 consecutive years.”
Demonstrations will feature proper tree planting techniques, tree maintenance activities using heavy forestry equipment, tree climbing and other educational activities. Students from Jackson Elementary School and others will also help plant an honorary tree in recognition of Connie Leger. Leger has helped Wichita youth learn about nature over the past 25 years.
“Planting the right tree in the right place is an important skill students can take with them when it comes time to plan their own yards,” said Don Sherman, Manager of Customer and Community Relations for Westar. “The City of Wichita and Westar Energy have joined efforts to improve Wichita’s urban forest as well as reduce the number of power outages.”
Organizations assisting with the event include Wichita’s Project Beauty, Double Tree by Hilton at the Wichita Airport, Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners and Westar Energy.