Posted on Friday April 30, 2021
This Arbor Day was celebrated by planting trees in Carroll Brooke, Melrose, and Tookany Creek Parks.
Cheltenham Township's 32nd Annual Arbor Day was celebrated with the ceremonial planting of a Kwanzan Cherry tree in H. Carroll Brooke Park in Glenside. While this year's was a smaller ceremony than usual, staff was happy to be back outside on this blustery but beautiful day to honor this Cheltenham tradition.
Ward 1 Commissioner Matthew Areman read the Arbor Day Proclamation, followed by the presentation of Cheltenham's twentieth Tree City USA Award by Julianne Schieffer of the Penn State Extension on behalf of PA DCNR, Bureau of Forestry Services, and the Montgomery County Extension. The event was attended by a small group of community stakeholders including staff, commissioners, and members of the Shade Tree Advisory Commission.
Cheltenham Township would like to thank the Arbor Day Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)'s TreeVitalize Program, and Tree City USA.
After the small ceremony, Arbor Day activity continued as Public Works Parks Department staff planted the first three specimen trees through the Township's new Tree Donation program. All three of the trees are Scarlet Oaks, two planted at Melrose Park, and one at Tookany Creek Park, and these donations included memorial plaques. It was a special moment to share with the donor family who was able to join us for the first donation planting today, in a location of importance to the family.
Special thanks to our Parks and Recreation staff for organizing the Arbor Day event, and for the Public Works Department who plants and cares for our trees each year. Cheltenham Township is proud to be a Tree City USA!