With the increased Emerald Ash Borer activity in the Chicago Metro Area, Arlington Heights Park District and the Village of Arlington Heights recognize the significance of, not only the ash tree but all trees and their importance to the landscape in Arlington Heights.
Trees produce life giving oxygen, give us building materials and fuel, serve as windbreaks and can help cut down air conditioning costs this summer. Julius Sterling Morton knew the importance of trees and used his resources as a journalist and politician to educate.
For this reason, representatives from the Arlington Heights Park District, the Village of Arlington Heights and students from Betsy Ross Elementary School will once again honor the legacy of Julius Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, on Friday, April 24th at Patriots Park in Arlington Heights.
This year’s Arbor Day celebration will begin with refreshments at 9:30. The festivities, including a special performance by student representatives of Betsy Ross Elementary School, a tree planting ceremony and Arbor Day speeches will begin at 10:00 am.
Back this year, the Arbor Day celebration will conclude with the announcement of the winner of the Arlington Arbor Day Artist’s Tree Drawing Contest. The Arlington Arbor Day Artist’s Tree Drawing Contest is open to all children pre-k to 6th grade students in Arlington Heights. Children are encouraged to show us their creativity and artistic ability. Three age categories will be judged by Park District Staff. Three lucky winners will receive fun prizes. For complete contest rules and to download an entry form, please visit www.ahpd.org/parks/arbor-day-celebration/
. Entries may be dropped off at any of the Arlington Heights Park District Community Centers or the Administration Center before April 17, 2015.
Mission: The Arlington Heights Park District enriches the community by providing quality recreation, facilities and fun.