170428 Arbor Week 1
James Neiss/staff photographer
Niagara Falls, NY - Gaskill Preparatory School 8th graders, Danelys Dilone, 14, Anesha Miles, 13, and Lauren Doescher, 13, along with Mayor Paul Dyster, finish off planting a Pyrus C. Redspire tree. The City of Niagara Falls kicked off Arbor Week festivities by planting the tree. On Saturday students will get a chance to plant some seeds with City Forester Joe Ursa and participate in the annual BioBlitz, all part of the city Arbor Day and Earth Day events.
For Immediate Release: April 25, 2017
Contact: Meg Rossman | (716) 286-4310 | (716) 383-8973
RELEASE: City to Kick Off Arbor Week Festivities With City-Wide Tree Plantings, BioBlitz Events
Niagara Falls, N.Y. - Mayor Paul A. Dyster will join leaders from the Niagara Falls City School District and the Department of Parks and Public Works to host a week-long series of events marking Arbor Week and Earth Day in the City of Niagara Falls on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29.
The city’s Arbor Week events will kick off Friday, April 28 at 1:30 pm in front of Gaskill Preparatory School with a tree planting. Subsequent tree plantings will take place at each city school through May 5. The celebrations will continue with hands-on Arbor Day and Earth Day events at Hyde Park on Saturday, April 29 from 9am - 11 am and 11 am to 1 pm, respectively.
Mayor Dyster said, “In addition to hosting the city’s second annual BioBlitz celebration in recognition of Earth Day, we are thrilled to be able to extend Arbor Day into Arbor Week as we continue to encourage even our youngest residents to help make the City of Niagara Falls a little greener. These exciting hands-on events promise to provide an exciting, educational experience that allow participants to get their hands dirty, assist our crews in planting city trees, learn more about our diverse environment and take home a tree of their very own. We hope to see everyone this weekend at Hyde Park!”
Residents are invited to join the Department of Parks and Public Works on Saturday, April 29 at 9 am to help pot city trees at the city nursery, located on Robbins Drive behind the Ice Pavilion. Crews will be on hand to provide demonstrations and instructions to children and their families helping to plant seedlings. Participants will also be provided a complimentary tree to plant in their own yards!
Just down the road at the Hyde Park Golf Course (4343 Porter Road) from 11 am to 1 pm, residents are invited to take part in the city’s second annual BioBlitz. BioBlitz is a species counting competition organized by Audubon International to create awareness among golfers and the community about the environmental value of the habitats supported by golf courses. The program is open to any golf course worldwide.
“BioBlitz is a celebration of the animals and plants that grace our golf course, right here in Niagara Falls,” said Jon McGinn, Hyde Park Golf Course Greenskeeper. “The goal is to document the nature you witness on the day you are out enjoying the golf course. We hope that we are joined by golfers and community members alike, in this off season time so that they may see the course from a different perspective.”
Residents are invited to take part from 11am - 1pm for tours. Participants are asked to bring a writing utensil, wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear, and we encourage you to bring your camera!
Participants also have the opportunity to take part in the planting of two trees along the golf course generously donated by Modern Corporation, meet with members of the SWEET program to learn more about recycling and much more! Snacks and beverages have been donated by USW Local 9434 and Niagara Sports Tournaments, Inc.
Questions should be directed to the Department of Parks and Public Works at (716) 286-4840.