Medina adds new trees to celebrate Arbor Day

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 April 2019 at 11:27 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

This London Planetree was planted at State Street Park this morning.

MEDINA – Jason Watts of the Medina Department of Public Works climbs into an excavator this morning at State Street Park. The DPW planted a new tree at the park for Arbor Day.

Medina is planting 36 trees this spring, with four new ones at the park.

Medina normally hosts a festive Arbor Day celebration with more than a hundred elementary school students. This week is spring break and the students are off from school.

Besides the four trees at State Street Park, Medina will plant 32 other trees, mostly along areas of East Center Street with additional plantings throughout the village. Species to be planted in the village this year include Elm, and varieties of Maple, London Plane, Honey Locust and Serviceberry.

Some volunteers will be at the park on Saturday for a cleanup effort from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are urged to bring gloves and sturdy shoes.

Kyle Morgan, left, and Ricky Tuohey of the DPW help plant the new tree. Medina has planted about 1,000 new trees in the past 15 years, and has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree City USA.” The designation recognizes Medina for its commitment to community forestry.

Chris Busch (left), chairman of the Medina Tree Board, and Mayor Mike Sidari pose for a photo with the tree after it was planted at State Street Park.

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