The Dodge City Shade Tree Commission, along with the Parks and Facilities Department, will host tree-planting services in recognition of Arbor Day on Friday.

Tree plantings will be conducted at Beeson Arboretum and Wright Park.

Friday at 10 a.m., the Arbor Day tree planting will begin at Beeson Arboretum with two trees being planted at the north end of the park. The trees will be of a species that are new to the park to continue our efforts to provide a place for the public to visually see different varieties of trees that can be planted in our planting zone and sustain a long healthy life, with proper care.

All trees at Beeson Arboretum are marked with a plaque to easily identify their common name.

At noon, the Shade Tree Commission will be planting a dedication tree for former State House of Representatives member, Ethel Peterson, to celebrate her career and contributions to our community over the years.

The tree will be planted in Wright Park, northwest of the band shell, near the Robert M. Wright memorial. This will help with the continued tree under planting efforts that allow young trees to be planted, grow and mature as the older trees reach the end of their life cycle but still provide shade and aesthetics in the park.

Following the ceremony, city staff will plant two trees east of the Hoover Pavilion and Liberty Gardens. Trees to be planted will be of large deciduous size and of a species that thrive in our plant hardiness zone. All trees will be purchased with funds provided by CREW Recycling.

In recognition of Arbor Day, City Parks and Forestry staff have selected Chilton and Spiers Parks as this year’s annual tree planting project. Staff will focus on Chilton Park, in the areas that were the hardest hit during the January 2017 ice storm.

Approximately 35 trees will be planted ranging from medium to large deciduous trees as well as a variety of coniferous trees.

Arbor Day is a national celebration sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation to promote the planting and care of trees. Each year the foundation recognizes communities who have made tangible efforts in tree planting and care as a "Tree City USA" member.

Dodge City is one of 16 communities in the country who have received the Tree City USA designation for 42 consecutive years, since the inception of the award in 1975.