CHICOPEE - Mayor Richard Kos is pleased to announce that the City of Chicopee will hold its annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Garrity Grove Park behind Anna E. Barry Elementary School. The celebration will include the planting of two Red Maple and two Hybrid American Elm trees.
The trees are four of over 600 trees that will be or have been planted on City tree belts or on private property by the City of Chicopee. Since 2015 the City of Chicopee in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Greening the Gateway Cities program have planted over 1,000 trees throughout the City. Tree species are selected for appropriateness of site conditions, their resistance to diseases, ability to tolerate roadside conditions and to increase shade and aesthetics.
“The greening of any community is always important especially for an older core City such as Chciopee. Today’s efforts will reward us for multiple generations.” Said Mayor Richard Kos.
In addition to the tree plantings, Chicopee will also celebrate its twenty-fifth (25th) consecutive year as a Tree City USA. The Tree City USA award is given annually by the National Arbor Day Foundation to communities that work to promote tree care and planting.
The Tree City USA award was made possible through the cooperative partnership among the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Engineering and Planning Departments, Department of Public Works, the Forestry Department, and the Department of Parks and Recreation for their tree related efforts in 2017.