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CANTON, OHIO – Arbor Day is April 29, 2022 and Canton will be a celebrating its trees and the overall importance of our urban forest. We are encouraging all Canton residents to go outside and take advantage of Canton's beautiful park system and to walk/ride Canton’s active transportation system of bike trails and on street bike facilities so we may appreciate the beautiful trees and green-space we have in Canton.
This year, and well as in the past, a dogwood tree will be planted at the Canton Garden Center at Stadium Park to commemorate Arbor Day. This tree is donated by Rice’s Landscapes Redefined and will be planted by Richard Drake, Canton City Arborist, and Rice’s representatives.
Please join the Canton Tree Commission with the support of Canton Parks and Recreation and the Canton Engineering Department on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 11 am - 2pm at the Canton Garden Center at Stadium Park for a tree planting ceremony, crafts for kids, food, seedling giveaway and cast your vote for the photo contest.
In 2013, Canton created its first City Tree Commission and began a process of actively caring for our urban forest. With Mr. Richard Drake leading the charge, since 2013 over 4,500 hazardous trees have been removed along city streets with assistance from American Electric Power and a federal grant for $200,000 was secured with help from the Ohio Department of Natural Resource. In addition, over 3,200 new trees have been planted along our roads, parks and waterways which enrich Canton by reducing reactive maintenance costs and storm water runoff, improving our environment, and making Canton a more inviting and attractive community.
Canton is the proud to have received the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA Award annually since 2014.
This year’s focus is “How Are Trees Connected to Me?” For more information on entering the Arbor Day Photo Contest, please go to www.cantonohio.gov/ArborDayContest.