PLAINFIELD, NJ - The sun peaked out just in time for the City of Plainfield’s Arbor Day celebration on the steps of the Plainfield YMCA, the 2017 recipient of this year’s plantings.  The celebration began at 11:00 am, with opening remarks and a reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation by Plainfield’s Mayor Adrian O. Mapp.

In addition to many residents and pre-school students from the Step One Academy, also in attendance were City Council members, Mayor Mapp’s cabinet staff, DPW staff and representatives from the Plainfield YMCA.

According to Mayor Mapp, Plainfield has a long standing tradition of planting and maintaining its trees, an important aspect of enhancing the city’s quality of life.

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The program continued with the Shade Tree Commission Secretary,  Mary Burgwinkle, and Peter Simone, Chairman of the Commission, presenting the Tree City USA Designation flag for 2017.

Simone announced the two local historic trees selected as the 2017 specimen trees in Plainfield: a 100 year old Norway Spruce on 1332 Prospect Avenue, and a Himalayan Pine located at 815 Park Avenue.

Burgwinkle commented that 2017 will be a very busy year for tree planting in Plainfield. In addition to the 1,600 trees planted over eleven years, a recent grant from the EPA will allow for the planting of 120 trees in the 4th ward.

Under the Greening of Union County initiative, approximately thirty trees will be planted in each Ward in the fall.

And as part of the road improvements slated for this year, each time a tree is removed, two trees will be planted. Citizens are asked to help maintain the trees, and the Commission provided information on how to care for the newly planted trees.

Plants adorning the Plainfield YMCA entrance are Serviceberry trees, variegated False Holly and Lavender PJM Rhododendrons.

Mayor Mapp concluded the celebration by thanking all the program attendees, and posing with the students from Step One Academy as they poured mulch into the flower beds.