Several tree-planting activities will be taking place Friday in recognition of Arbor Day in Dodge City.

The City of Dodge City Parks and Facilities Department will hold tree plantings at Beeson Arboretum, Cavalier Field, and Arrowhead West’s North Facility at St Mary’s complex.

The Beeson Arboretum tree plantings will be at 9 a.m.

According to city officials, the trees will be of a species that are new to the park to continue efforts to provide a place for the public to visually see different varieties of trees that can be planted in their planting zone and sustain long, healthy life, with proper care.

Plaques will be placed along with the trees to identify their common name easily.

Staff also will be planting a memorial tree for former city manager and attorney, Ken Strobel, who died in January 2018, to celebrate his career and many contributions to the community, as well as to honor his family.

The ceremony will take place at noon at the Beeson Arboretum.

Three trees will be planted at Cavalier Field north of the main entrance on the west side of the facility. Funds provided by CREW Recycling were used to purchase the trees.

At the North Arrowhead West facility, a memorial tree planting will take place at 2 p.m. to remember and honor all clients of Arrowhead West that have passed in the last year.

In May, as part of Arbor Day, City Parks and Forestry staff will plant 71 Black Hills Spruce trees on the north and west sides of the new Sutherlands building on the Dodge City Community College property.

According to city officials, the tree row will act as a physical barrier to help stop wind and beautify the properties as they grow into a mature size. This planting project will take place in the early part of May, once trees are ready for placement.

The National Arbor Day Foundation sponsors Arbor Day celebrations across the country to promote the planting and care of trees, and each year the foundation gives the "Tree City USA" designation award to communities that have made tangible efforts in tree planting and care as a member.

Since the inception of the award in 1975, Dodge City has received the Tree City USA designation 43 consecutive years.


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