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Arbor/Earth Day at Pinkerton Park celebration to include zipline rides, sapling giveaway

The city of Franklin is hosting its annual Arbor/ Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 20 at Pinkerton Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The purpose of the celebration is to promote awareness and appreciation of trees as well as to commemorate Earth Day.

Highlights of the event include free tree sapling giveaways, tours of Fort Granger by Save the Franklin Battle field, Bird Watching Walk hosted by the Tree Commission; Conductor Jack; and musical entertainment. Other activities include a zipline by Davey Tree and tree climbing provided by Tim Kovar of Tree Climbing Planet. Both activities are free and available to anyone over six years old and wearing closed-toe shoes. Local vendors and community groups participating include Friends of Franklin Parks and Living Lands. Several City Departments will also be on hand including the Solid Waste Department with information on recycling and the Streets Department with information on the compost program. Food and beverages are free courtesy of Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Cooperation. During the celebration, the city will receive its official Tree City designation from the State of Tennessee. In order for a city to be granted such status, it must meet four standards set by the National Arbor Day Foundation, including the establishment of a tree board or department, a tree ordinance, a community forestry program and a community-wide observance of Arbor Day.

For more information on the event, contact city arborist Todd Snackenberg at 615-794-2103.

Posted on: 4/18/2013

 
 

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