While there is universal agreement on the critical role trees play in the environmental health of both the planet and its inhabitants, trees in urban and suburban areas are especially important because of their role in improving air quality, enhancing aesthetics, increasing property values, and providing wildlife habitats.
In recognition of their significant value to the local environment, the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a pair of celebrations honoring trees in November.
The annual Prosper Tree Tour is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3 and the Prosper Arbor Day Celebration is set for Saturday, Nov. 7. The events will provide opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors while learning more about the sometimes overlooked role trees play in the life of the community.
Participants in the Prosper Tree Tour will enjoy a leisurely evening stroll through Whitley Place Park, 4001 Glacier Point Circle. Town staff will serve as guides, pointing out the rich variety of tree species and their specific traits. 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.
The Prosper Arbor Day Celebration begins at 9 a.m. at Frontier Park, 1551 Frontier Parkway. This activity traditionally includes tree planting, and this year is no exception. Not only will attendees assist in this fun activity, but staff will provide instruction and guidance on proper tree planting techniques. Mayor Ray Smith will open the event by reading a proclamation to commemorate the day. Participants should gather in the vicinity of the batting cages at the southwest corner of the park.
“Prosper residents, staff and officials support initiatives for the care and management of trees which lead to improvements in the urban environment,” says Dudley Raymond, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We look forward to seeing you at both of these informal community gatherings to join us in celebrating the Town’s dedication to urban forestry.”
Responses to questions about either or both events can be obtained by calling the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department at 972-569-1160. The latest news and information on Town programs is available at the Prosper Parks and Recreation Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ProsperParksandRec/ or at www.ProsperParksandRec.org. In the event of inclement weather for either event, notices will be posted on these sites.