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Annual Arbor Day Returns Friday

Contact: David McGuire, Park & Recreation |

​Wichita Park & Recreation will host the 64th Annual Arbor Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St. Arbor Day 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 Troy Houtman, Director of Park & Recreation. "As a result, Wichita has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 32 consecutive years."

Demonstrations will feature proper tree planting techniques, as well as large equipment on site for educational activities.

"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, Vice President, Community Relations and Strategic Partnerships for Westar. "The City of Wichita and Westar Energy have joined efforts to improve Wichita's urban forest and reduce the number of power outages."

Organizations assisting with the event include Wichita's Project Beauty, Hampton Inn at the Wichita Airport, Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Westar Energy and Barry the Bison.

Wichita Park & Recreation supports 144 parks, eight recreation centers, eight swimming pools, 52 athletic fields, five golf courses, seven interactive fountains, numerous adult and youth-based activities and athletics programs, 5,000 acres of parks and 2,500 acres of rights-of-way.


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