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We are encouraging all Canton residents to 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 to 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.
This year to celebrate Arbor Day, the Canton Tree Commission, with the support of Canton Parks and Recreation, the Canton Engineering Department and American Electric Power, will be giving away tree seedlings. The seedlings will be available on Friday, April 28, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Canton Garden Center in Canton Stadium Park.
Arbor Day posters created by second grade students from the Arts Academy at Summit will be on display.
Canton created its first City Tree Commission in 2013, and began actively caring for our urban forest. With Mr. Richard Drake leading the charge, 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 is a family friendly event and all are encouraged to participate.