The City of Battle Creek and Boy Scout Troop #265 will celebrate National Arbor Day on Friday with a tree planting in McCamly Park.
Troop #265, from Galesburg, will plant an October Glory maple tree at 6 p.m. Friday. McCamly Park is next to the Kool Family Community Center, bordered by West Michigan Avenue, South Washington Avenue, West Van Buren Street, and Gould Street.
Commissioner Sherry Sofia and city staff will attend.
Battle Creek has been designated as a Tree City USA for 18 years by the Arbor Day Foundation. The city is one of 111 in Michigan currently designated by the Tree City USA Program.
Communities earn the status by meeting Arbor Foundation standards of sound urban forestry management – maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.
At the April 17 City Commission meeting, Commissioner Chris Simmons read a proclamation declaring this week Arbor Week, encouraging the community to care for the community’s trees. See the proclamation on that agenda, on the city’s website: battlecreekmi.gov/420/Agendas-Minutes-Videos.