The 2006 ‘Official’ Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration is Friday, May 19, at Farview Park, 29th and Lyndale North, from noon to 2 p.m. Arbor Day is celebrated each spring in Minneapolis as a way to remind everyone about the importance of our trees and how everyone can help to take care of them. It also maintains the status of Minneapolis as a Tree City USA, its 27th year. This spring over 3,500 trees will be planted citywide to replace trees that have been lost due to storms, Dutch elm disease and other causes. Sixty-six new trees will be planted in Farview Park in an effort to restore this wonderful park to its original grandeur. Funding for these trees is provided by a donation from the Home Depot Foundation.
Over 500 students and staff from Nellie Stone Johnson School and other volunteers will help plant, water and mulch the new trees with assistance provided by Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Forestry Staff. Students will also learn about trees, especially as it relates to the 2006 theme of “My Family Tree.” Each student will learn about their heritage and the types of trees that were important to that area, and color a picture as part of the 2006 theme. Student’s art work will be on display at Nellie Stone Johnson School.
The program, including performances by Nellie Stone Johnson School students, is at 1:15 p.m., with MPRB Board President Jon Olson, Mayor R.T. Rybak and other dignitaries. Following the program a ceremonial elm tree, provided by the Home Depot Foundation, will be planted as a dedication to this year’s event.
This fun filled family event will offer food, stickers and refreshments to all Arbor Day participants. Kids will have a chance to shake stems with “Elmer” the elm tree, take an aerial tower ride, check out tools and equipment used by Urban Foresters, and try rope and saddle tree climbing. For event schedule and info visit minneapolisparks.com.