The annual Arbor Day event will be held this year on April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Shelter No. 1 at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, on Vesper Street.

The annual Arbor Day event will be held this year on April 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Shelter No. 1 at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, on Vesper Street.

This is something our department has been doing for many years, with our goal to help educate our citizens on the right choice of trees for their yard and how to care for those trees. Blue Springs is proud of its urban forest, street trees and landscapes.

Blue Springs has been certified as a Tree City USA community for the past 21 years. The city received the Governor’s Tree Scape Award in 1996. It received the 2008 Roadside Excellence Award from the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association for the landscapes on public roads and streets. Please drop by on April 23 in Rotary Park if you have tree related questions or need information.

I am very pleased to announce Blue Springs is opening and dedicating a new park feature in Rotary Park at Railroad Lake on April 23. Through hard work and effort of our staff and a student intern, the city has been successful in securing a $5,000 grant to create the first “Arbor Walk” in our park system. The grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance Grant is paying for the establishment of 40 trees with educational plaques to help educate our public on various native trees for your home or business.

We are planting 13 new trees among 27 existing trees to provide the best selection we can. The plaques at each tree will provide educational information as to names, growth habit, and matured growth characteristics. The trees will be located along the .6-mile-long asphalt path through the park for easy access. In addition there will be an informational kiosk located in the park at the start of the path, to provide even more free information and contacts regarding tree selection, care, location and a map of the park and trees.

We are also creating a page on our website devoted to the Arbor Walk and trees within our community. This will include a downloadable PDF map of the Arbor Walk in Rotary Park.  

Come to Rotary Park, one of the most popular parks in Blue Springs, to experience for your self the new “Arbor Walk,” pick up some information or get an answer to your tree-related questions.

It is easy, convenient and free.