BOCA RATON, FL – September 23, 2020 – This year, the City of Boca Raton will celebrate its 40th year as a “Tree City USA” a little differently. Trees will be planted in four parks around the City for residents to visit throughout the month of October. The parks include Meadows Park, Boca Tierra, Countess de Hoernle, and Boca Isles. In honor of Arbor Day, residents are encouraged to either snap a photo with the new trees or submit tree-inspired art in any medium. Photo and art submissions can be sent to [email protected] or posted on social media using the hashtag #lovebocatrees. Submissions will be shared on the Recreation Services social media platforms.
“Arbor Day celebrates the importance of trees to life and is a yearly reminder of the opportunity to act, something all of us can do to make the world a better place,” commented Dawn Sinka, the City’s Horticulturist/Arborist. “Due to our Arbor Day celebrations, the work of our Community Appearance Board, our tree protection ordinance and an annual budgetary commitment, Boca Raton has been honored to have been named a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 40th year in a row.”
The goal of the “Tree City USA” program is to provide a framework for communities to manage and expand their public trees. In order to achieve Tree City USA status, a community must meet certain criteria, which Boca Raton has done for 40 years - the City maintains a tree board or department, spends $2 per capita annually on Urban Forestry and has a tree ordinance. Additionally, the City celebrates Arbor Day each year with a tree planting ceremony involving City Council and local schoolchildren but this year the hope is that families and visitors will explore the various parks to see the new additions.
Arbor Day photo and art submissions must be sent or posted before midnight October 31, 2020. All submissions are eligible to receive a commemorative Arbor Day sticker (while supplies last).
For additional information, please visit www.myboca.us/ArborDay or follow Boca Raton Recreation on Facebook.
Community Events Coordinator