Knightdale to Celebrate Arbor Day, Tree City USA Re-certification

Tree City USA logo from the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Tree City USA logo from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

In celebration of Arbor Day and being recognized as a Tree City USA, the Town of Knightdale, North Carolina’s annual Arbor Day festivities will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018, beginning at 2pm.

Gather at Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale NC, where a tree will be planted in celebration of the Town’s commitment to trees and the social, fiscal, and environmental benefits they bring to our community. Knightdale Public Works will provide assistance during the tree planting ceremony. Additionally, Mayor James Roberson will read the Arbor Day Proclamation and a representative of the NC Forest Service will present Knightdale’s re-certification package as a Tree City — for the seventeenth time.

Development Services has also partnered with Knightdale Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Programs to sponsor a tree-themed art contest and ice cream party for children from the Knightdale Track-Out Camp. Track-out participants will create tree-focused art and the best drawing will be awarded a $25 gift certificate and a plant to take home. Second through fifth place will also receive a small plant, donated to the town by Taylor’s Nursery.

Arbor Day was started in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska and is typically celebrated by planting a tree. The observance provides an opportunity to celebrate urban forestry and civic commitment to trees as part of healthy urban environments. Today Arbor Day is celebrated across the United States and around the world.

Arbor Day is an event of great significance for Knightdale, as it exemplifies the community’s commitment to aesthetics, greenery, urban forestry, and a high quality of life through the support of the Town’s natural resources.

 

Source: Donna Tierney, Town of Knightdale

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