Already known for its beautiful parks and scenery as well as its countless outdoor living and active lifestyle options, local students joined Mayor Roberson in planting a new tree at Knightdale Station Park as part of the celebration naming Knightdale NC as a Tree City USA Community for the 15th time.
The celebration honoring Knightdale as a Tree City USA was held fittingly enough in accordance with Arbor Day on April 15 at Knightdale Station Park. The Town of Knightdale Tree Board in association with both the Development Services and Parks and Recreation Departments hosted the ceremony, which began with a proclamation being read by the Town Council. Following this, several local children assisted in the planting of a young “hornbeam” tree not only to commemorate the day, but also to demonstrate the town’s commitment to urban tree growth. (Picture shown above courtesy of the Town of Knightdale)
Speaking to being honored for the 15th time as a Tree City USA Community, Knightdale Mayor, James Roberson said, “To receive this designation requires both short-term and long-term planning,” said Knightdale Mayor James Roberson. “To receive it 15 times shows that the Town certainly values its trees. They are part of a broad plan to make our growing community as appealing and beautiful as it can be.”
The Tree City USA program recognizes communities each year that make the maintenance of urban tree canopies a top priority. Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National State of Foresters, gives the annual Tree City USA recognition based upon current and upcoming tree projects, such as the planed improvements coming soon to the greenway trail along Lynwood Road. This will see several of the damaged tree in this hevily traveled area replaced in addition to more than 20 new plantings that will be added to improve toe overall appearance of this area.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Knightdale make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”
To see further details on Knightdale’s 15th selection as a Tree City USA Community, the Arbor Day Foundation, and the fantastic upcoming tree projects in the town, visit knightdalenc.gov.