Wichita Park & Recreation has partnered with Southeast High School to plant 700 trees in Alice Wall Park, 4506 S. Doris.
From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 100 students from Southeast High School will begin planting trees in the park, with the Wichita Park & Recreation forestry team overseeing their work and sharing tips on how to plant and maintain trees in Wichita.
Alice Wall Memorial Park is 12.5 acres and sits along the west edge of the Wichita-Valley Center floodway.
All 700 trees were grown in the Forestry division’s nursery and consist of 12 different tree species – primarily different types of oaks and bald cypress trees, which fare well in Wichita. Bald cypress trees can live up to 600 years and oak trees live 100-300 years.
Expanding the city’s tree canopy on public land is part of the City’s proposed tree policy, which also encourages residents and businesses to plant trees on their property.
The planting is being done as part of a belated Arbor Day celebration as autumn is a great time to plant trees in Kansas. A reading of the Arbor Day proclamation will be conducted by Mayor Whipple onsite at 10 a.m.