Wichita Park and Recreation officials will host the 60th Annual Arbor Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at Dr. Glen Dey Park located at 27th North and Hillside.
Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees through a variety of educational activities and demonstrations. The celebration will also include a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new playground at Dr. Glen Dey Park. Dey was an advocate for the Park and Recreation system and served as a member of the Board of Park Commissioners from 2001 to 2009.
This year marks the 145th anniversary of Wichita’s founding. As part of the celebration, the Forestry Division will plant 145 trees around the city, with 50 trees to be planted in Dr. Glen Dey Park on Arbor Day. Also, Buckner Performing Arts & Science Magnet students will attend to learn about trees and enjoy the new playground. Demonstrations will feature proper tree planting techniques, as well as large equipment on site for educational activities.
“Trees are important to our quality of life and, through good and bad economic times, Wichitans have ensured that our urban forest is maintained,” said Troy Houtman, Director of Park and Recreation.
Westar is a sponsoring partner of the Arbor Day celebration.