Arbor Day celebration in LV

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Submitted to the Optic

Every year the Tree Board of the City of Las Vegas and the City get together to plant a tree and celebrate National Arbor Day. Last year nearly 50 small trees were planted in Marrujo Park on Commerce Street.

The city has provided a source of effluent water for the new trees. This year several of last year’s trees will be replaced and a new larger tree will be planted in the same park.

Mayor Alfonso Ortz will proclaim Arbor Day in Las Vegas at 4 p.m. this Friday, April 29 at the park. The public is invited.

Improvements to the park scheduled for this year include a new French Drain to handle runoff from the freeway on-ramp embankment and a drip irrigation system for the new plantings. Later, after all danger of frost is passed and the drain is completed, lilacs and poplars will be planted along the fence next to the on-ramp.

These improvements, as well as the new playing fields planned for across the street, should last for generations and make a fine place for families to gather and spend some quality time.