Lincoln Parks and Recreation invites the public to a free "Celebrate All Things Trees" event to celebrate Arbor Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Stranksy Park, 17th Street and Harrison Avenue. Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson will read an Arbor Day proclamation from Mayor Chris Beutler at 2 p.m. The event is also an opportunity to meet City Forestry members — Lorri Grueber, Community Operations Forester, and Adam Klingenberg, Community Outreach Forester — and learn how they manage Lincoln's public trees.
The event also includes the following activities:
Two other Arbor Day activities are scheduled earlier in the week:
Lincoln Parks and Recreation is responsible for the management and maintenance of nearly 120,000 City-owned trees. More than 76,000 of the public trees are located on public streets.
The City has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 42 years. Other designations include Tree City USA Growth Award; Tree Line USA Utility - Lincoln Electric System; and Tree Campus USA - University Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Wesleyan. Of the 3,400 Tree City USA communities nationwide, Lincoln is currently the only one to have all four designations.