Annual tree planting will bring environmental benefits and shade to the parks

At their August 8 meeting, the Park Board approved the planting of sixty trees this fall. Fall is a great time of year for planting because it gives plants a long time to establish their root systems before the hot summer returns. This year, the plantings will include shade and evergreen trees. Trees, of course, can provide shade, but they also provide other environmental benefits. Trees that absorb and store a large amount of water, such as the Bald Cypress, will be planted in areas in need of assistance with water absorption. The majority of the trees will be additions to the District’s current inventory, while some will replace memorial trees or trees lost to disease or insects. Ten parks will be receiving new plantings, with Butterfield Park receiving the most trees this fall.