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City Joins Friends of Pickford Park to Celebrate Arbor Day

Community program to include tree planting and educational opportunities

The City of Toledo will join Friends of Pickford Park and students from Beverly Elementary School to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 30th. The event is volunteer driven thanks to organizers from Friends of Pickford Park and will include environmental care tips and education, tree planting and maintenance and a community clean up of the park. The free community celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. on the Medford side of the park.

This Arbor Day marks the 30th year that Toledo has been awarded the Tree City USA designation. As part of the Arbor Day celebration, the Division of Parks and Forestry will plant 14 trees in the park around the walkway from Medford, the playground and the picnic area. The species planted will include two Spring Snow Crabapples, eight Zelcovas, two American Beech and two Shingle Oaks. It will provide a combination of flowering trees and shade trees for the park.

The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. with comments from Councilman D. Michael Collins, Mayor Michael P. Bell and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will be on hand at 2:00 p.m. to give remarks. Fifth grade students from Beverly Elementary School will assist city Foresters with the tree planting. The students will be invited to join after-school games and activities in the park at the conclusion of their field trip. The day will end with a community clean up of the park at 7:00 p.m.

Friends of Pickford Park consists of neighbors, churches and businesses in the Pickford Park area. The group has formed to maintain the neighborhood park, volunteering to plant flowers and clean up the grounds.