City of New Port Richey to Celebrate Arbor Day with Tree Planting Ceremony

City of New Port Richey to Celebrate Arbor Day with Tree Planting Ceremony

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — In partnership with the New Port Richey Environmental Committee, New Port Richey FarmNet, Genesis School, and Keep Pasco Beautiful, the City of New Port Richey will celebrate Arbor Day by planting a live oak tree at Frances Avenue Park on Jan. 19, 2024.

New Port Richey has observed Arbor Day for over three decades, aligning with Florida’s tradition of commemorating this day on the third Friday in January since 1886. The annual celebration underscores the pivotal role trees play in environmental conservation while offering an opportunity to highlight their diverse benefits for cities and communities.

“Every tree we plant enhances our city by purifying our air, mitigating the impacts of stormwater runoff and sheltering our local ecosystems,” remarks Deputy Mayor Matt Murphy. “Embracing Arbor Day reflects our dedication to the well-being of our city and our forward-looking investment in its future.”

Chair of the City’s Environmental Committee Dell deChant adds, “With deforestation increasing globally, reforestation in urban areas is of critical importance. Since 1989, New Port Richey has been dedicated to reforestation throughout the city to proactively protect its natural surroundings and improve the quality of life for its residents.”

The City of New Port Richey is proud to be recognized as a “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Since 2020, the City has planted more than 370 trees through various efforts including its annual Arbor Day tree planting ceremony and its Adopt-a-Tree program, an initiative which allows property owners to request tree planting along publicly maintained rights of way adjacent to their properties.

The upcoming celebration will include a brief program featuring the Arbor Day Proclamation, a presentation on the cultural context of urban forests, and a special performance by students from Genesis School.

Event details:

WHAT:  Arbor Day Celebration

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Frances Avenue Park 5580 Frances Ave, New Port Richey, FL 34653

For more information, please call (727) 841-4536 or e-mail Assistant Public Works Director Colin Eichenmuller at eichenmullerc@cityofnewportrichey.org.

To learn how you can become involved in the City of New Port Richey’s tree programs, visit https://www.cityofnewportrichey.org/city-departments/public-works/public-works-programs/tree-programs/.