Town set to celebrate community’s first official Arbour Day
Town launches annual event to celebrate trees
An idea firmly planted in the minds of Town of Stony Plain Town Council has taken root and will soon blossom into Stony Plain’s first-ever official Arbour Day celebrations.
Arbour Day is a day to plant and nurture trees and to celebrate our community’s green spaces. A public event is planned for Sat., June 18, 2011 at 10:00 am at the Willow Park Natural Area in Stony Plain.
The inaugural celebration will include community tree planting, a brief ceremony and a community BBQ and will coincide with another event designed to educate the public about another important Town initiative: the revitalization and environmental preservation of the Willow Park Natural Area.
Launched by the Town in 2010, the Willow Park Natural Area Project is an environmental initiative intended to enhance the area immediately east of Willow Park. As this naturalized green space is home to a wide variety of small wildlife and native plants, shrubs and trees, the Town designated the area as a natural reserve in May of last year.
In late Fall 2010, Council directed Administration to create an annual Arbour Day event, starting in 2011. After conducting research on when and how other municipalities celebrate this annual event, Administration launched a plan to encourage citizen participation in annual Arbour Day festivities.
“Arbour Day will become a special day for our town,” says Ken Lemke, mayor of Stony Plain. “It is important that we, as a community, come together to plant trees and to honour our urban natural areas, because by doing so, we say
that trees, and our community green spaces, are important to us all.
“Trees increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas and beautify our community. Wherever they are planted, they are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.”
Although community tree planting will always be the root of all future Arbour Day celebrations, the Town will plan different events at various locations throughout Stony Plain in the years to come.
Conceived by J. Sterling Morton nearly 140 years ago, Arbour Day was first observed in 1872, with the planting of more than one million trees in Nebraska and is now observed throughout the world.
Although Arbour Day has been celebrated in Alberta since 1884, the Town had never formally established any of its own official celebrations. As varying climates across the province favour tree planting at different times, there is no fixed day set for Arbour Day; however, celebrations typically occur in May or June.
For more information about Arbour Day in Stony Plain, visit www.stonyplain.com or call 780.963.2151.