The city of Arlington and the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission helped to plan trees at Quake Park to celebrate Arbor Day this year.
Arlington has been a Tree City USA since 2004 and one of the requirements is to do something for Arbor Day.
“Usually we have something for the public,” said Sarah Lopez, but because of the pandemic they opted for a private gathering.
“We’re lucky to live in the northwest where trees are all around us, but it’s important to keep planting them, especially in urban areas,” said Lopez.
The trees were funded by the city and come from local nurseries.
Members of the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission, as well as city maintenance crews planted the trees on April 21.
It was the first time the commission had seen each other in person in over a year.
“We’re lucky to have a beautiful day to come down to plant these trees,” said commission chair Heather Logan.
Trees are an investment for the future of the city, she said.
“They help clean the air. They beautify the city. Arlington’s growing but we still want it to retain its charm, and part of that is the trees which do make the city beautiful,” said Logan.
City Council member Marilyn Oertle said trees improve the city.
“It just makes it a better place,” she said, “keeping our parks healthy and a fun place to be.”
She has helped in the city’s past tree plantings as well.
“A few years ago we did a planting in High Clover Park and every time I drive by there and look at them, I think ‘wow, they’re really growing,’” said Oertle “It’s just a good feeling and I think the citizens appreciate it."
Quake Park, which is the park just outside the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, was chosen in part because of the lack of trees there.
“We’re trying to plant some trees for shade for this park,” said Lopez.
There are also more upgrades planned for that park later this year.
“We’re going to do some other improvements this year with the playground and ADA access, trying to fix things up,” said Lopez.
Sidewalks are scheduled to be added and the current sand infill will be replaced with wood chips, which are easier for wheelchairs to move through, said Lopez.