City officials have announced that Arbor Day will again be celebrated in Lockport, as part of the community’s ongoing commitment to be a Tree City USA community.
“Trees beautify our community and increase property values,” said Mayor Michelle Roman. “I am proud Lockport and several community partners are celebrating this Arbor Day.”
The city is planting a tree in Rogers Park to replace a recently removed tree, as well as plantings in other residential areas of the city.
“The Tree Committee has been actively servicing the Lockport community for over a year. We are thrilled to expand our plantings this year to include not only city parks, but community partners and neighborhoods as well,” said 2nd Ward Alderman Amanda Farrell. The goal of the committee is to work with the community to expand awareness and knowledge of tree plantings and care. In addition, we will continue to work with the community and our city departments to replant trees in order to maintain the beauty of Lockport’s tree-lined streets.”
The city encourages local businesses, organizations and individuals to also participate in Arbor Day by planting a tree. In addition to the city’s plantings, Lockport High School, Eastern Niagara Hospital and General Motors will also be celebrating Arbor Day by doing a planting. Kindness Clubs at both Emmet Belknap and Roy B. Kelly also participated in Arbor Day activities.
“Lockport High School students have a variety of opportunities to get involved in our community,” said Lockport High School Principal Dawn Wylke. “For students interested in the outdoors, we offer the Wilderness Club, whose purpose is to celebrate and enjoy the outdoors. For the second year in a row, our Wilderness Club will join forces with the city to sponsor and celebrate Arbor Day when trees are planted.”
“Eastern Niagara Hospital is pleased to participate in the City of Lockport’s Arbor Day celebration by planting a new tree at the front of the hospital. As ENH moves forward with many new initiatives this year to help improve the quality of life for our residents, this tree will serve as a symbol of our ongoing efforts on behalf of the community,” said Anne McCaffrey, president of Eastern Niagara Hospital.
Ceremonial tree plantings will take place Friday, April 26 at General Motors (200 Upper Mountain Road) at noon; Eastern Niagara Hospital (521 East Ave.) at 1 p.m.; and Rogers Park (51 Rogers Ave.) at 4:30 p.m.