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Join the City of Harrisburg in its efforts to beautify numerous neighborhoods as it plants 70 trees throughout the city from October 28-30.

CONTACT: Matt Maisel
Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg
(717) 255-7295
[email protected]

October 12, 2022

HARRISBURG – This fall, the City of Harrisburg will once again be planting street trees. We are looking for volunteers to help on Friday, October 28; Saturday, October 29; and Sunday, October 30. If you are able to help, please complete this brief form: https://forms.gle/n2WuqgpaGVLu8too6

The trees are 7-to-9 foot tall bareroot trees (i.e. no ball or container of soil) that can be easily handled by volunteers. Planting locations and tree species have been pre-selected in consultation with property owners and residents, and will be on site when volunteers arrive. All participants are asked to arrive at 9:00 a.m. for a demonstration planting, which will be completed as a group to ensure everyone understands best practices.

The primary planting will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29th, when 45 new street trees will be planted in a neighborhood in need of trees. Planting holes will be partially pre-dug by the city.

  • Meeting place Friday & Saturday: Pleasantview Park, 19th and Forster Streets
  • Meeting time: 9:00 for demonstration planting and team assignments 
  • Planting time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Those unable to help on Friday or Saturday are encouraged to help on Sunday, October 30th,  when residents in two other city neighborhoods will be planting an additional 25 trees. Planting holes will be dug by hand by property owners and volunteers.

  • Meeting place Sunday: Bellevue Park Community Building, 143 Briarcliff Road
  • Meeting time: 9:00 for demonstration planting and team assignments
  • Planting time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm    

What to wear:

  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Long pants
  • Jacket if needed
  • Rainwear if rain is predicted

Bring if convenient:

  • Reusable water bottle and snack
  • Gloves
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Broom
  • Mattock or pick
  • Pocketknife
  • Wheelbarrow

City will provide:

  • Water cooler
  • Snacks
  • Tool trailer with safety vests, and some gloves and hand tools for volunteer use
  • Trees
  • Mulch
  • Stakes
  • Ties

In case of severe weather:

  • Generally the planting will occur rain or shine, unless a steady downpour is predicted
  • Please come and dress for the weather
  • If severe weather is predicted, registered participants will be notified by email no later than 8:00 am on the day of the event, if it will be postponed