Grand Rapids celebrating NeighborWoods month

By Chris Hecox | Advance

Friends of
Grand Rapids Parks, in partnership with the city of
Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department and
the Urban Forestry Committee, have four events planned around
Grand Rapids to celebrate National NeighborWoods

These events are four of hundreds of re-greening efforts throughout the country
being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods
Month by, the Alliance for Community Trees, a national
nonprofit organizations

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is a member of ACT’s NeighborWoods

The NeighborWoods project is dedicated to helping communities across the
country restore their tree canopies.

“It’s great to be working on an important re-greening effort at a time when
other organizations are doing so as well,” said Steve Faber of Friends of Grand
Rapids Parks.  “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work
being done at the grassroots level in Grand Rapids and all across the country to
improve urban and community forests.”

National NeighborWoods month kicked off Saturday with a tree planting event at Wilcox Park.

Other events planned, include:

* NeighborWoods: Riverside Park, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at Riverside Park. The event will feature a guided
tree tour of the more than 40 unique trees at
Riverside Park and information about affordable
and simple treatment options for emerald ash borer, which threatens to kill 500
trees at
Riverside in the next few years.

* NeighborWoods: East Hills, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. at CherryStreet Park. The event will feature a tree
planting and tour of
East Hills street trees, which are valued at more
than $4 million. Local arborists will also be on hand to teach participants
about good planting, pruning and watering techniques.

*NeighborWoods: Oakhill Cemetery, Oct. 31, from  4 to 5 p.m. at OakHill Cemetery. Participants will take a Halloween
tour of the cemetery.

“Having local organizations like Friends of Grand Rapids Parks participate in
National NeighborWoods Month helps us show the cumulative effect of a
burgeoning urban and community forestry movement,” said ACT Executive Director
Alice Ewen Walker.

For more on NeighborWoods Month, visit www.neighborwoodsmonth.org

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