The unmistakably critical role that urban forestry plays in maintaining the environmental health and stability of the planet and all of its inhabitants is undeniable, as trees in urban and suburban areas improve air quality, enhance aesthetics, increase property values, and provide wildlife habitats.
In recognition of their significant value to the local environment, the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the annual Tree Tour, taking place on Thursday, May 27 starting at 5:30 pm at Whitley Place Park, 4001 Glacier Point Circle.
Parks staff will conduct a walking tour through the park to share information on the different tree species present and their individual traits. The tour is especially important for families with young children, giving the youngsters an early introduction to the importance of planting and maintaining trees.
Participants in the Prosper Tree Tour will enjoy a leisurely evening stroll through the park, as Town staff will serve as guides, pointing out the rich variety of tree species and their specific characteristics. Attendees should arrive before 5:30 p.m. and remain in the parking lot area where the walking tour will initiate. Families and members of the same household should remain together, allowing proper spacing between groupings.
“This informal community gathering gains popularity each year and we look forward to seeing as many Prosper families as possible,” said Dudley Raymond, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Staff will describe the various trees in the park and be available to answer questions.”
Responses to questions about the annual event can be obtained by calling the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department at 972-569-1160. The latest news and information on Town programs are available at the Prosper Parks and Recreation Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ProsperParksandRec/ or at www.ProsperParksandRec.org.
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