The City of Harrisburg will celebrate Arbor Day with ceremonies on Riverfront Park, across from Harrisburg Hospital and near the John Harris grave site at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead the celebration along with Mike Walsh, Deputy Secretary of the State, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Harrisburg Senators General Manager Randy Whitaker and April Hutcheson, Executive Secretary of International Society of Arboriculture.

“This is another great event to bring our city together,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We encourage people to help us spend the day planting trees and learning about their proper care.”

Activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. along Riverfront Park and will end at 3:30 p.m. A total of 20 trees will be planted and professional arborists are donating their services to the City of Harrisburg for the day as part of the “Arbor Day of Service” sponsored by the Penn Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

The tree plantings are being sponsored by TreeVitalize. TreeVitalize works to restore tree cover in Pennsylvania communities.  The donated trees are part of TreeVitalize’s “Doubles for Trees” program with the Senators baseball team  For every double the Senators hit last year at a home game, TreeVitalize will donate 2 trees to be planted in the greater Harrisburg area.

The Mayor’s declaration of April 27 as Harrisburg’s Arbor Day will support the City’s designation as Tree City USA through the Arbor Day Foundation.

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