In the past, the Town of Ocean View marked the celebration of Arbor Day with the simple planting of a tree. This year, however, the Town is stepping the celebration up a few notches.
The Arbor Day Celebration will be held on Friday, April 26, beginning at 3 p.m. in John West Park. Kicking off the event will be the ceremonial planting of a tree by Mayor Walter Curran and possibly other council members, with the help of Boy Scout Troop 281. Several other trees will be planted in the park that day as well — a redwood, a redbud and a serviceberry.
The free event will run until 6 p.m., and the first 50 interested participants will be gifted a redbud seedling to mark the occasion.
“The Arbor Day Foundation gave us all those redbuds to give away,” said Ocean View Town Manager Carol Houck.
During the event, there will be some educational engagement activities for families to enjoy.
“We’re going to have a canopy up with some display boards with interactive activities for people to do,” Houck said. “Nothing too heavy-duty — just something fun.”
Kids can also participate in a tree-themed art project at no charge.
“We’ll have an art project where children can use their handprint to paint the base of a tree, and their fingerprints will be the leaves. That’s something they can take home. We’ll have a couple little things like that.”
A Hug-A-Tree photo opportunity will also be set up at a specific tree in the park, and participants will be asked to share their photos with the Town so the images may be shared on social media.
“It’s just a great opportunity to engage with the community and to share the beauty of John West Park and the Town’s commitment to keeping it beautiful,” she said. “If we’re going to celebrate Arbor Day, we should celebrate it and make it as engaging and as enjoyable for the community as we can.”
Houck said she hopes the event will be well-received and attended by the community.
“I’d like to meet more of the community. Being new, this is another opportunity to meet more residents, and maybe more families,” she said. “I have hopes more people participate.”
For more information, visit www.oceanviewde.com or call the Town’s administrative offices at (302) 539-9797.
By Maria Counts