HENDERSON, KY, April 25, 2022– Atkinson Park will get a new Crimson Sunset Maple Tree on April 29th when the City of Henderson celebrates Arbor Day 2022. It’s just one in a number of new trees planted by the City Parks & Recreation Department this year, adding focus to our designation as a Tree City USA.
Following some detailed tree inventory work by the Henderson County Master Gardeners and a citizen-driven tree replacement committee, the City also is in the process of planting 24 new trees along downtown streets to fulfill a priority project of the Vision Plan Group of creating an urban canopy with a uniform size.
In addition to that, 36 additional trees will be added to our parks and public spaces as part of the annual tree planting program.
The City of Henderson is the recipient of the Tree City USA designation from the Kentucky Divisions of Forestry for the 26th consecutive year, announced in February. The Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service sponsors the Tree City USA program. Tree City USA recognizes communities that have proven their commitment to an effective, ongoing community forestry program.
The annual Arbor Day celebration on April 29th at 4 p.m. also will include the naming of the winners in the Arbor Day Coloring Contest for grades K-3, which hasn’t taken place since 2019 because of restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The formal celebration of Arbor Day was scaled down in both 2020 and 2021.
“Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas and beautify our community,” said Mayor Steve Austin. “Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.”
For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 270-831-1274.
***Main Story Photo Provided on the City Website Media Release.
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