Program to add 250 trees to city’s parks

Representatives from the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, Friends of the Parks of Allen County and Indiana Michigan Power helped plant a tree on October 27, 2014 in honor of the Great Tree Canopy Comeback.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is raising awareness about an event the first of November that will add 250 trees to the city’s parks. The Great Tree Canopy Comeback is a public- private partnership focused on developing and preserving the urban landscape.

The Parks and Recreation Department along with Friends of the Parks of Allen County and Indiana Michigan Power partnered together to plant a tree in honor of the new Rivergreenway rest area located next to the City Utilities Water Filtration Plant.

“The rebuilding of our tree canopy is an important investment for the future,” Mayor Tom Henry stressed at a press conference on Monday.

The Great Tree Canopy Comeback is scheduled for 10 a.m. Trees will be planted in McMillen Park & Golf Courses, Rockhill Park, Kettler Park, Psi Ote Park, Reservoir Park, Foster Park South, Werling Park in New Haven and Payton County Park.

“It’s no easy task to organize a tree planting on such a wide scale, but Friends of the Parks has remained dedicated to coordinating this effort, rallying businesses, neighborhoods and community volunteers to work together with great success,” Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director, Al Moll said.

“Close to 3,000 trees have been planted since 2002 during Great Tree Canopy Comeback events,” Moll said. “Once the trees are planted, they need to be preserved, which is why it was essential to develop a comprehensive urban forest management plan.”

Anyone who would like to help with the Great Tree Canopy Comeback should contact Charlotte A. Weybright at cwey0409@frontier.com.

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