Baltimore celebrates Arbor Day May 1
BALTIMORE – The Village of Baltimore will be celebrating Arbor Day on May 1 with two separate planting ceremonies.
The first planting will take place in Basil Park at 2:00 p.m. The tree for Basil Park was donated by Keller Farms, and will be planted by Daisy Scouts and Brownies from Baltimore area Girl Scout troops. The ceremony is hosted by the Baltimore Downtown Restoration Committee (BDRC) and the Baltimore Tree Commission. Refreshments from the BDRC will be served following the planting. In addition, tree seedlings will be given away by the Baltimore Rotary Club.
The second planting of the day will occur at Johnson Park at 4:00 p.m.. Several trees have been purchased for Johnson Park thanks to the generosity of students at Liberty Union Elementary School. The students held a “hat day” fundraiser in early April and raised over $350. The winning class will enjoy a pizza party, and many of the students, along with Mayor Robert Kalish will be on hand to help plant the trees.
Two additional trees have already been planted in each park thanks to a donation by Baltimore resident Connie Riley. Two flowering crabapples were donated for Basil Park, and two red maples were planted in Johnson Park. The tree commission and the Baltimore Parks and Recreation Board are very appreciative of such generosity.
The Village’s tree planting work in 2011 will help to restore shade and canopy to village parks and streets as the emerald ash borer (EAB) kills every untreated ash tree. The Village will be planting additional street trees this fall thanks to an Ash Removal and Canopy Restoration Grant received from the ODNR Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service.