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Mayor’s Tree of the Year 2017 Dedication Event
August 31, 2017 , 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Grand Rapids Mayor Bliss will dedicate the 2017 Mayor’s Tree of the Year on Thursday, August 31st at 10AM at Oakhill Cemetary and award the top 3 tree’s nominators their prizes from Eddie Bauer!
The Mayor’s Tree of the Year was launched in 2012 to promote community involvement in the City’s urban forest and to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining and preserving trees. Trees provide immense environmental benefits, can help improve property values, reduce energy use, and make our neighborhoods more appealing – this is why the City of Grand Rapids and the Urban Forest Project have strongly committed to planting, maintaining, and protecting trees throughout our community!
The 2017 Mayor’s Tree of the Year is a European Beech tree chosen for it’s size, beauty and context within the History of Oakhill cemetery . This magnificent tree has a diameter of 48” and a canopy spread of nearly 90’. It is the first Mayor’s Tree of the year from the 3rd Ward. “It has an amazing sinuous trunk. One side looks like it has toes! It has a sweeping canopy like an umbrella (it works like a real one, too!) and it has its very own bench,” said Laura Casaletto , the citizen who nominated this year’s winning tree.
We want to also thank Eddie Bauer for donating all of our amazing prizes for this year’s winners!
What: Mayor’s Tree of the Year 2017 Dedication Event
Where: Oakhill Cemetery, 647 Hall St SE, on the north side of Hall
When: August 31st 10:00am-10:50am
Who: This is a free event to celebrate and recognize our trees in Grand Rapids! Anyone and everyone is invited to come and participate in the dedication.