Spokane to be honored as Tree City USA

Mayor will read Arbor Day proclamation Saturday

Fianna Dickson 509.625.6297

Monday, April 25, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

On Saturday, April 30, Mayor David Condon will kick off an Arbor Day Celebration at Finch Arboretum. The event is free and open to the public.

At the celebration, the Arbor Day Foundation will recognize Spokane with a Tree City USA designation for the 13th consecutive year. Cindy Deffe, a member of the Washington Community Forestry Council, will present the award to Spokane. Although Arbor Day is Friday, April 29 this year, Mayor Condon will re-read the Arbor Day proclamation for this special Saturday celebration of Arbor Day in Spokane.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. ceremony, celebration continues until 2 p.m.

WHERE: John A. Finch Arboretum, 3404 W. Woodland Blvd.

WHAT: Arbor Day celebration kick-off and Tree City USA award

Throughout the Arbor Day Celebration – rain or shine – Spokane Urban Forestry will present family activities, tree care and environmental education. Spokane County Master Composters will share all there is to know about bringing life to your soil. Visitors will enjoy guided tours of the trees and history of the Arboretum, learn how to attract birds and bugs to help a garden and yard thrive, and plant daffodils along Garden Springs Creek. 

2016 represents the 40th anniversary of the Tree City USA program. For more information about the Arbor Day celebration contact Kacey Burke, Supervisor Finch Arboretum, at 509.363.5466.

About John A. Finch Arboretum
The John A. Finch Arboretum is Spokane’s “outdoor classroom” for naturalists, horticulturists and students of all ages. Located just off the Sunset Highway, the Arboretum occupies 65 acres of land along Garden Springs Creek where thousands of trees and shrubs can be seen and studied. Be sure to bring your cameras and kids to wander and play while admiring the natural beauty of the Inland Northwest and Spokane’s urban forest canopy. The botanical collections of the arboretum hold over 2,000 trees and shrubs representing over 600 species and varieties from around the world.

About City of Spokane Parks and Recreation
The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is the place to go for events, activities, classes and more. Start enjoying all your city has to offer by visiting our website at www.spokaneparks.org. For more information, you can also follow us follow us @SpokaneParks on Facebook and Twitter.