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Parks and Recreation to celebrate Arbor Day

The Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to celebrate Arbor Day with several activities, including a tree celebration at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 1.

The event, to be held at Sgt. Jesus Roberto Vasquez USMC Park at 12930 GR Compuzano Street, marks the 12th straight year the City of El Paso has been recognized with the distinguished award of “Tree City USA.”

All El Paso Residents are encouraged to become stewards of their environment by planting, maintaining, and protecting trees to improve our quality of life.

District 5 City Representative Isabel Salcido and Chair of the El Paso Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Julia Smith will lead off a series of activities that include an appearance by mascot “Smokey Bear.” In addition, fourth and fifth-grade students from Purple Heart Elementary School who won an Arbor Day Poster Contest will be recognized.

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872 to encourage individuals to plant and care for trees. Trees play an important role in the cultural and economic development of the city while providing beauty, energy conservation and help to clean our air.

For more information on the Arbor Day event, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (915) 212-0092 or visit their website.