Palm Coast’s Arbor Day Moves Back to Central Park on May 18
FlaglerLive | May 7, 2013
May 8 Update: Palm Coast’s Arbor Day 2013 and 5K Root Run/Walk and 1 Mile Flutter Foam Fun Run/Walk, now scheduled for Saturday, May 18, will be held at Central Park in Town Center after all. It had been rescheduled to Waterfront Park last week, to the displeasure of many. The QR Code Project Launch at Waterfront Park, originally scheduled for May 18, is being postponed until July 20 due to the change of date for Arbor Day 2013.
Arbor Day will be the full event originally planned – featuring a tree give-away (in exchange for donation of canned food or pet food), butterfly release, “green” exhibits/vendors, fun activities for children including character visits and rock-climbing wall, a QR Code nature adventure with videos made by local high school students, games and entertainment, and the runs/walks.
Arbor Day 2013 will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. The park is located off State Road 100, just north of Flagler-Palm Coast High School. Admission and parking are free.
Earlier stories and updates are below.
Update: Because of heavy rain, Arbor Day, originally scheduled for May 4, was postponed until Saturday May 18, and moved from Town Center to Waterfront Park. Flagler Beach’s First Friday has also been cancelled. But Flagler Beach’s Relay for Life is still a go.
Palm Coast Is Declared Tree City for 8th Year In a Row
May 2–Palm Coast is celebrating Arbor Day 2013 on Saturday, May 4, with a day-long event featuring a tree give-away, butterfly release (at 11 a.m.), food drive, walk and run, exhibits and activities for children including a petting zoo, character visits and rock-climbing wall, all starting at 9 a.m. at Town Center. Admission and parking are free.
On Wednesday, Palm Coast announced that for the eighth straight year, it’s been been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of Palm Coast’s urban forestry program.
The city also received the Tree City USA Growth Award for the seventh time.
This year’s Arbor Day, a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and tree care, is themed around “Feed a Mouth, Get a Tree, Grow a Community.” So people can exchange canned food or pet food items for a free three-gallon native hardwood tree. Flagler Schools’ Service Learning and Innovative Teaching Expo, returning again this year, will showcase projects done by students and teachers, puppet shows, and hands-on-demonstrations and games designed for various science, technology engineering and math competitions.
The 5K Root Run or Walk begins at 8 a.m. with a 1 Mile Flutter Foam Fun Run/Walk at 8:45 a.m. New this year is a foam lane at the Finish Line. Register online here.
The Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.
“Palm Coast is proud of its beautiful trees and tree canopies, parks and trails, environmental education programs, and overall commitment to environmental stewardship, so we are honored to again be named a Tree City USA and receive the Tree City USA Growth Award,” Carol Bennett, Palm Coast urban forester, said. “This Saturday we will have our annual Arbor Day event, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate Palm Coast’s re-certification as a Tree City USA.”
Palm Coast was recognized as a Tree City USA for promoting environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care for citizens by enforcing a specific tree care ordinance, offering a comprehensive community forestry program, establishing a Green Team and sponsoring an Annual Arbor Day observance. The City was also named a Tree City USA Growth community based on its planning and management of wildlife resources, public relations, community education and its partnerships with the Flagler County Schools and the Florida Division of Forestry.