City Of Rochester Celebrates Arbor Day at Elizabeth Park

The Rochester City Beautiful Commission (CBC) celebrated Arbor Day by planting Autumn Blaze Maple on April 28 at Elizabeth Park. Members of the CBC were on hand for the celebration along with Rochester City Administration, City Council members and the Parks Department.

The celebration began with a welcome, and a few Arbor Day Trivia facts, from Mayor Pro Tem, Kim Russell followed by the tree planting lead by Kim Russell and City Manager Blaine Wing.

Arbor Day in Rochester

Arbor Day in Rochester

The CBC has planted trees in the City of Rochester for the last five Arbor Days including at Howlett Park and McGregor Elementary, North Hill Elementary and Memorial Grove.

Arbor Day was originally held in April of 1874 in the state of Nebraska. Today, the day is most often observed on the last Friday of April and throughout the years many U.S. Presidents have proclaimed this day as the official Arbor Day, according to the Arbor Day Foundation, an organization dedicated to inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

“We hope the trees will stand as a reminder of this event for years to come as well as to becoming a part of Rochester’s beautiful surroundings,” said Lynn Marie Oates, CBC Chairperson.

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