This week, the City of Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department, community members and students will gather at Paul B. Leffler Rotary Park for the annual Arbor Day Celebration. On Friday, April 27, at 9:30 am, a special ceremony will be held to celebrate Arbor Day and share the importance of planting trees.
“The Arbor Day Celebration is an opportunity to educate the community about the value of trees to our environment,” says City of Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Director Kim Vogel. “Trees not only add beauty to our world, they also contribute to our quality of life. They provide the oxygen we breathe, improve air quality, conserve water, preserve soil and support wildlife.”
The program will include a special proclamation from Pittsburg Mayor Jeremy Johnson, and will feature guest speakers Rob Dillon, Ken Bateman and Jeff Wilbert. The Pittsburg Noon Rotary Club has donated two pecan trees, which will be planted in the park during the ceremony. Westside Elementary School 5th graders will attend the event and teachers will be given pecans for their students to take with them. This event is free and open to the public.
Arbor Day is a national holiday that promotes tree planting and care. The holiday was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, and is now celebrated in all fifty states. Cities across the nation celebrate the holiday, by planting trees in their communities.