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Cape Parks and Rec Department to hold Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration Monday

By Staff | Apr 26, 2019

This Monday, April 29, Cape Coral will continue a long standing tradition of giving back to the earth via the gift of a tree.

The Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration at the Rotary Community Garden at 1 p.m. This will be the 28th consecutive year that Cape Coral will be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA.

“There are certain things we take for granted in life, and trees truly should not be one of those things. We encourage our community to come out and celebrate Arbor Day and the importance that trees play in our every day life, from the air we breathe to the food they provide and so much more,” said Kristin Bean, senior parks specialist for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Arbor Day is a holiday where communities, groups and individuals are embolden to plant trees.

To hold the distinction of being a Tree City USA, a community must adhere to four standards.

1) A legally constituted tree board.

2) A community tree ordinance.

3) A comprehensive community forestry program supported by a minimum of $2 per capita.

4) Hold an Arbor Day Proclamation and public tree planting ceremony.

Cape Coral will be planting a mulberry tree to “show the importance of wise environmental stewardship.”

Kerry Runyon, Parks and Recreation director, and Matthew Creed, Parks superintendent, will address the public prior to the ceremony.

Mayor Joe Coviello will provide closing remarks followed by the reading of the 2019 proclamation and tree planting ceremony.

The 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, said, “To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees.”

The Arbor Day Foundation’s goal is to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities and to inspire 5 million new tree planters by 2022 — the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day.

The foundation “recognizes more than 3,300 communities through the Tree City USA program, which honors cities and towns that are committed to planing and nurturing trees.”

The event is open to the public.

The Rotary Community Garden is at 726 S.E. 10th Street, next to City Hall.

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