City of Racine celebrates Arbor Day by planting 20 trees at Island Park


RACINE — The City of Racine has planted 20 trees at Island Park at 1700 Liberty St. in honor of Arbor Day.

Credit: City of Racine

About Arbor Day

The Latin origin of the word arbor means tree, according to The holiday, which began in Nebraska in the 1870s, encourages the planting, tending, and preservation of trees. It is usually celebrated on the last Friday of April but can be celebrated at other times of the year depending on the local climate. In this way, those who plant trees on Arbor Day give those trees the best chance of survival.

To mark this year’s holiday, a ceremony was held at Island Park with students from Walden III helping to plant the trees.

“Most of the 20 trees were planted around the new tennis courts, with some planted elsewhere in the park to replace trees that we had previously removed,” said Matt Koepnick, ranger at the City of Racine Forestry – Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department division.

Of the 20 trees, approximately eight were planted during the Arbor Day ceremony.

They plant about 1,500 to 1,900 trees annually, according to a City of Racine newsletter, second only to the city of Milwaukee and probably the highest number of trees per capita in the state of Wisconsin.

But that’s not all, Koepnick said the City of Racine is planting a total of about 700 trees this spring, with another 450 trees planned to be planted in the fall.

Continued tree planting and conservation aligns with the City of Racine’s mission to preserve our parks and open spaces and provide essential recreational and cultural services through the PRCS program in a safe, professional and friendly manner.

Credit: City of Racine

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