PLAINFIELD, NJ - A celebration of trees will take place at Plainfield's City Hall on April 28th.  Arbor Day, celebrated on the last Friday of April, was first observed in 1872 in Nebraska, an idea originated by Julius Sterling Morton of Detroit.

Here in Plainfield, the Shade Tree Commission invites residents to its 2017 celebration at 11:00 am.  This year's Arbor Day planting site is located in the front yard of the Plainfield YMCA at 518 Watchung Avenue, across the street from Plainfield City Hall.  This planting area was a full depth, 50-75' wide concrete sidewalk up until the fall of 2016, and the YMCA removed it to provide an opportunity for a major planting.  This planting, together with the previous plantings done at City Hall, will reduce the urban heat island effect and create a green oasis in the middle of the Civic Historic District.

The Arbor Day Foundation, founded in 1972, has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 44 years, more than 250 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. The vision of the foundation is to help people understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.

Joining the festivities this year will be Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Commission members of the Plainfield Shade Tree Commission, representatives from the Plainfield Area YMCA, Plainfield High School Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard, students from the Barack Obama Green Charter School, and numerous preschool and young students from the Step One Academy Child Care facility.