Annual Arbor Day Celebration is this Saturday

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:15

The City’s 2019 Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 27 will honor the City’s 37 years as a Tree City USA with a tree planting at 11 am and the fourth annual Spring Greening stream cleanup at 1 pm. Local residents are encouraged to take part in both events.

The Arbor Day Celebration will be held at Frederick Douglass Park on Smithfield Avenue. A free lunch will be provided by Weed Control Inc. and kids can enjoy free face painting provided by Winchester Parks and Recreation.

During the Spring Greening event, participants will pick up litter/debris in Town Run along the Green Circle Trail. Bags and gloves will be provided. Participants are asked to park along Hollingsworth Drive or in the Green Circle Trail parking lots nearby.

The City is considered an MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) locality, which means that we own and operate our own separate storm system and that water entering that system is not treated before being discharged to local streams. Preventing pollutants from entering the storm sewer is critical (i.e. street sweeping program), but cleaning the local streams is helpful as well, which prevents additional pollution from entering into larger water systems downstream, including Opequon Creek, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.

All activities are free and open to the public. For those participating in the Spring Greening activities, we suggest bringing rain/muck boots or waders.

For information, local residents can call the following staff at 540-667-1815:

  • Arbor Day Celebration – Jen Jenkins, City Arborist
  • Spring Greening – Kelly Henshaw, City Engineer