PASCO, Wash. - Several families rolled up their sleeves, grabbed shovels and helped plant trees at Volunteer Park in Pasco on Friday afternoon.
In observance of Arbor Day, the city of Pasco held its 11th annual tree planting ceremony. The event started with remarks by City Manager Dave Zabell and Councilman Ruben Alvarado, who highlighted the importance of trees in the community.
"Every time we plant a tree, we're adding value to our community," Alvarado said. "We're adding clean air, we're adding beauty."
Eight different trees were planted all around the park, with Kentucky Coffeetree being this year's featured tree. The Kentucky Coffeetree is a rare tree with unique bark and leaf characteristics that also has the ability to adapt to this area.
"Every year we strive to plant a different tree that's not like any of the other ones we have, kind of like our city," Alvarado said. "It's made up of so many beautiful individuals who are so different from each other but make our community better. Because of our differences, because of our diversity."
This is also the 12th year the city has been named "Tree City USA". In order to achieve this, cities must have a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
At the end of the ceremony, the city also handed out 200 tree saplings to the community to plant at home.
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