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Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration Friday

By Staff | Apr 25, 2017

Cape Coral will become a little greener on Friday with the dedication of several trees.

Hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the 26th Annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration will take place at 11 a.m. at Sirenia Vista Park. The event is open to the public.

Director Steve Pohlman explained that vegetation was removed for development.

“A lot of trees were taken down when they dug the canals,” he said.

“This gives us an opportunity to replant the community and provide shade, which people need – and make the park as pretty as possible,” he added. “It allows us to put in more trees.”

Trees have been planted at Rotary Park, Joe Stonis Park, Paul Sanborn Park and more.

“We have worked with Trafalgar Middle School planting trees in their garden area,” Pohlman said.

Sirenia Vista Park was picked this year because of the improvements being made at the park.

“We’re doing annual development at the site,” he said.

“This is where the manatees congregate,” Pohlman noted.

About 10 trees, including silver and green buttonwoods, are being added to the park.

The city and Lee County Electric Cooperative donated some of the trees.

“This will be the first time that individuals have donated trees in my tenure of being here,” he said, adding that he has been with the Cape department for 18 years.

According to Pohlman, a Cape family living near the park donated five trees.

“I thought it was great that people have pride in the parks,” he said of the family’s donation.

On Friday, a proclamation and ceremony will take place.

Officials are expecting a couple dozen in attendance.

“Because we are doing this with the neighbors, as well as the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, we should get one of our largest turnouts,” Pohlman said.

It also marks the 26th year that the city has been recognized as a Tree City USA. Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, National Association of State Foresters and U.S. Forest Service, the program recognizes communities that are committed to an effective, ongoing community forestry program.

To obtain a Tree City USA designation, a community must meet four standards:

n Legally constituted tree board

n Community tree ordinance

n Comprehensive community forestry program supported by a minimum of $2 per capita

n Arbor Day proclamation and public tree planting ceremony

“It just shows a commitment on the part of the city,” Pohlman said.

For more information on the Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration, call 239-573-3128.

Sirenia Vista Park is at 3916 Ceitus Parkway.