MOUNT PROSPECT CELEBRATED ARBOR DAY ON APRIL 28TH
The Village of Mount Prospect Public Works Department hosted an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017. The ceremony was held at Mount Prospect Historical Society, 101 S. Maple Street.
During the ceremony, Mayor Arlene Juracek, various Village officials, students and staff from Saint Paul Lutheran School as well as Saint Raymond School planted a Triumph Elm in the parkway. The students performed songs and poems to commemorate the occasion. Also helping with the planting was members of the Garden Club of Mount Prospect. Both the Garden Club and the Green Team, from Saint Raymond, contributed funds to help the Village purchase the Arbor Day tree. Additionally, Public Works mascot P.W. Paws made a special appearance to assist with the planting.
The Village also commemorated its recent receipt of the Tree City USA (TCU) Award from the Arbor Day foundation in Nebraska. This is the 32th consecutive year Mount Prospect has received the TCU award for the Village’s urban forestry program. Mayor Arlene A. Juracek noted, "For more than 30 years we have been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for our urban forestry efforts. Arbor Day is a wonderful day for our village to show our pride in the living legacy of our trees."
“Planting a tree is a great way to celebrate Arbor Day,” stated Dave Hull, Mount Prospect Forestry and Grounds Superintendent. “I am especially excited this year, as we celebrate our Centennial, to be planting a disease resistant elm hybrid in one of the original parts of town. I hope our citizens will join us this year in planting trees throughout the community, to help perpetuate Mount Prospect’s urban forest,” stated Hull. “To help with this effort, we’ll be happy to send upon request, the latest information about diversified tree species that are appropriate for planting in our area. Interested citizens should contact Public Works at 847-870-5640.”