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Arbor Day Celebration Starts Friday

Contact: David McGuire |
Tree-planting event held at Kiwanis Park
The Wichita Park and Recreation Department will host the 58th Annual Arbor Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 26 at Kiwanis Park 5101 W. 2nd Street. 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 27 consecutive years.”
Demonstrations will feature proper tree planting techniques, tree maintenance activities, using heavy forestry equipment, tree climbing and other educational activities. Students from Dodge Elementary School and others will also help plant an honorary tree in recognition of Danny Oliver who has dedicated more than 30 years to the preservation of Wichita’s urban forest.
 “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.”
Supporting organizations 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.
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