Volunteers planted 32 new trees at Dinglewood Park in Columbus Saturday morning as part of a citywide Arbor Day celebration.
The planting, along with an 11 a.m. Arbor Day ceremony at Lakebottom Park, also helped the city celebrate 32 years as Georgia's first Tree City U.S.A.
Students from Brookstone High School and George Washington Carver High School, joined by local Rotarians, scouts and other volunteers, planted the trees at Dinglewood Park Saturday morning. Later,Dorothy McDaniel, executive director of Trees Columbus, presented the students with the Trees Columbus Cambium Award , noting how well the two schools have worked together.
"It's just like one big tree planting party, "McDaniel said after the ceremony.
The free event also featured wildlife displays from Oxbow Meadows, bucket truck rides, a tree walk, environmental exhibits, and free seedlings.
Phenix City resident Charlotte Voll grabbed a Sawtooth Oak seedling for her property, saying it would join other seedlings she has previously planted. An evergreen seedling she took home from the event three years ago now stands nearly eight feet in height, she said.
"We come every year," she said, " I think it's good for the community."