Groundwork Somerville, city partner for Arbor Day celebration
Posted Apr 19, 2010
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston, Ward 2 School Committee member Teresa Cardoso and the Somerville Public Schools invite all interested individuals to attend Somerville’s Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m., at the Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street. The event will include four tree plantings, as well as youth presentations and a short speaking program. The Arbor Day events are part of the City’s ongoing efforts to increase overall tree cover and improve the health of the urban forest.
“Somerville has been named a ‘Tree City USA’ for 14 consecutive years, nominated for a 15th, and we look forward not only to celebrating that achievement, but also our commitment to creating a greener, more sustainable and more tree-friendly city,” Mayor Curtatone said. “Groundwork Somerville has been a tremendous partner in a number of citywide environmental efforts, and we’re excited to work with them for the upcoming Arbor Day event, as well as the annual SomerGreen Festival at our Spring Cleanup. I’d also like to thank the students and staff of the Argenziano School for their participation and leadership for the event this year, and I look forward to hearing some of the student’s presentations.”
“Though Somerville is the most densely populated community in New England, we are all committed to making this City cleaner and greener, and I am excited to work with the students in Ward 2 to do our part in that endeavor,” said Alderman Heuston.
“Over the last several years, we have seen some wonderful transformations in the Lincoln Park area, and I’m glad to be a part of this year’s Arbor Day ceremonies to continue to create positive change in the Argenziano School neighborhood,” said Cardoso.
Trees will be planted along Lincoln Parkway and in Lincoln Park during the ceremony, with students from the Argenziano School and Prospect Hill Academy, as well as the National Park Service “Park Preserver” Program, and in partnership with Groundwork Somerville. A short speaking agenda and youth presentation of poems and artwork will conclude the morning’s ceremony.
Friday, April 30, also marks the month of April’s “Walk/Ride Day,” held on the last Friday of every month. Walk/Ride Day is a monthly celebration of active transit. Residents can participate by walking, biking, taking mass transit or carpooling to school and work.
For more information on the City of Somerville’s Arbor Day events, or other parks programming, contact the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development at 617-625-6600 x2500.