Wichita Park & Recreation will host the 63rd Annual Arbor Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday at O.J. Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd. Through a variety of educational activities and demonstrations, Arbor Day promotes the value trees provide to residents.
“The forestry canopy in Wichita has seen substantial improvements in its appearance over the last two years, due to the efforts of the Forestry staff,” said Troy Houtman, Director of Wichita Park & Recreation. “Two-hundred trees were planted earlier this year at Watson Park, which is a fitting location for the Arbor Day celebration.”
Demonstrations will feature proper tree planting techniques, as well as large equipment on site for educational activities. Arbor Day partners include Westar Energy, Wichita’s Project Beauty, Double Tree by Hilton at the Wichita Airport, Asplundh Tree Expert Co., and the Mobile Recreation Station along with Barry the Bison.
“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 of Westar.
Wichita has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 31 consecutive years.
Wichita Park & Recreation supports 144 parks, eight recreation centers, nine swimming pools, 52 athletic fields, five golf courses, six interactive fountains, numerous adult and youth-based activities and athletics programs, 2,407 acres of rights-of-way and 9,600 liner miles of tree street rights-a-way.