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Community Commemorates Arbor Day

Event marks 31st year city is named a Tree City USA

The City of St. Augustine hosted its annual Arbor Day Ceremony on Friday, January 17 at the Willie Galimore Community Center under clear, but chilly skies.

This year, the trees planted at the conclusion of the ceremony, five Redbud trees, are in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights act and the important role St. Augustine played in that effort.

"As these trees grow and bloom year after year, they will serve as a reminder of the brave acts undertaken by members of our own city who dared to say the status quo was not acceptable and by doing so played a critical role in improving the lives of those in our community and across the nation," Said St. Augustine Mayor Joe Boles in remarks during the ceremony.

This year’s ceremony marked the 31st year the city has received the prized designation of Tree City USA from the National Arbor Day Foundation. There are 163 cities in the State of Florida which have received the designation of Tree City USA, but only seven have held the designation longer than St. Augustine. In addition, the Foundation presented the city with the Tree City USA Growth Award, an honor it has received every year since 1991.

Ms. Gina Burrell, long time member of the SATC, presented a new Tree City USA Flag to the Mayor.

"This Tree City USA flag, provided to us by the National Arbor Day Foundation, will fly in front of City Hall along with our national, state and city flags, truly indicative of the status we place on this recognition and of our community’s dedication and continued commitment to urban forests," said Burrell.

 

The type of tree and the location is determined each year by the Street Tree Advisory Committee (STAC). Over the past 31 years, the city has planted 88 trees in more than 20 locations as part of Arbor Day ceremonies.

As is the tradition, the ceremony includes, in addition to the planting of trees by city officials, presentations by the STAC, and participation from one of the city’s elementary schools. This year, students from Ketterlinus Elementary School sang This Land is Your Land and ofered several readings appropriate for Arbor Day. And, as is also a standing tradition, the ceremony concluded with Smokey Bear assisting in the distribution of a variety of saplings to all in attendance.

While National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, individual states hold ceremonies on dates better suited to their own tree-planting season. Florida’s Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday in January.

Past Arbor Day ceremonies have included planting Holly, Live Oak, Red Maple and Sycamore trees at Sebastian Inland Harbor, the Francis Field, Joseph Pomar, Jr. Recreational Facility, Eddie Vickers Recreational Facility, Government House, J. Edward “Red” Cox Recreational Facility, the Plaza de la Constitución, Davenport Park and the Fullerwood neighborhood.

Below is a list of all Arbor Day planting locations and type of trees planted since 1985. To see a printable list of this information, click here.

1985 - Parque de Menendez (City Hall), East Palatka Holly (2)
1985 - Parque de Menendez (City Hall), East Palatka Holly (2)
1986 - Visitor Information Center, Dogwood (1)
1987 - Oglethorpe Park, Live Oak (3)
1988 - Willie Galimore Center, Constitutional Bicentennial Oak (1)
1989 - Warden Park (on Lake Maria Sanchez), Golden Rain Tree (3)
1990 - Municipal Water Plant, West King St., Live Oak (1)
1991 - Oglethorpe Park, Live Oak (3)
1992 - Twine Park, Live Oak (1)
1993 - Visitor Information Center, Red Maple (3)
1994 - Police Station, East Palatka Holly (2)
1995 - Flagler and Oglethorpe Boulevards, Southern Red Cedar (1)
1996 - Lightner Courtyard, Amber Sweet Orange (2)
1997 - Sebastian Inland Harbor, East Palatka Holly (1)
1998 - Francis Field, Sycamore (16)
1999 - Joseph Pomar, Jr. Park, Live Oak (1)
2000 - Eddie Vickers Park, Red Maple (3)
2001 - Francis Field, Live Oak (1)
2002 - Government House, Live Oak (1)
2003 - Plaza de la Constitución, Live Oak (1)
2004 - J. Edward “Red” Cox Park, Live Oak (1)
2005 - Plaza de la Constitución, Live Oak (1)
2006 - Parque de Menendez (City Hall), East Palatka Holly (2)
2007 - Francis Field, Live Oak (10)
2008 - Davenport Park, Live Oak (2)
2009 - Fullerwood Neighborhood, Little Gem Magnolia (1)
2010 - Francis Field, Live Oak (6)
2011 - Lincolnville Community Garden, Live Oak (4)
2012 - Lincolnville Community Garden, Live Oak (4)
2013 - Hamilton Upchurch Park, Live Oak (3)
2014 - Willie Galimore Center, Redbud (5)

 

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