Sunday, September 28, 2008
Tree plantings today in Newark
The City of Newark along with the Tree Foundation will launch the Newark Renaissance Trees Program which will plant hundreds of trees, shrubs, and flowers at seven sites throughout the city this fall.
The first planting, scheduled for 9 this morning, will be done in partnership with the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District and will take place at Lincoln Park, a historic 4-acre park established in 1850.
Through the support of volunteers, community groups, and partnering organizations, more than 160 new flowering and shade trees will be planted throughout Newark. City residents can take part in the Newark Renaissance Trees Program as volunteers and will receive free proper planting demonstrations, gloves, and tools.
"My administration is committed to creating a greener and more environmentally-friendly Newark," Mayor Cory A. Booker said. "Trees give us cleaner air on our streets and also present a more attractive appearance to residents and visitors.
Mehdi Mohammadish, the city's acting engineering director, said the trees that will be planted are native to Newark and North Jersey.
As of August, more than 300 large 2- to 3-inch caliper trees have been planted in the city with the help.
The painting is by Nancy Merkle