Park and play:  Denver playground dedication to be part of Arbor Day celebration

By on April 20, 2016

 

Residents are invited to the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the North Fourth Street playground in Denver on Saturday, April 23, at 9 am.

Photo by Alice Hummer Denver's North Fourth Street Playground has bright-colored new equipment adjacent to the baseball diamond. The equipment, which meets the newest playground safety regulations. Attractive landscaping, fencing, benches and a picnic table complete the 1.4 acre park.

Photo by Alice Hummer
Denver’s North Fourth Street Playground has bright-colored new equipment adjacent to the baseball diamond. The equipment, which meets the newest playground safety regulations. Attractive landscaping, fencing, benches and a picnic table complete the 1.4-acre park.

This event kicks off Denver’s annual Arbor Day celebration.

Following the ribbon cutting, Mayor Rodney Redcay will reads the Tree City USA Award proclamation. This is the 18th consecutive year Denver Borough was awarded Tree City USA status.

Immediately following the ceremony, Shade Tree Commission members will guide volunteers in planting two Sugar Maple trees and two Red Maple trees on North Fourth Street between the sidewalk and the baseball field.

“By 10 a.m., volunteers and Shade Tree Commission members will be traveling to Denver Memorial Park to plant one swamp white oak tree, one serviceberry and one American redbud at the Shober Family Scout House site,” said Borough Manager Mike Hession.

Hession had high praise for the Shade Tree Commission, chaired by Doug Musselman, who is working on a Master Pennsylvania Naturalist Program.

“The commission picks the best kind of tree for each site and pays attention to the other types of trees in the area so that any blooming in the area occurs on a rotating cycle and not all at one time,” Hession said.

Hession noted the new playground equipment has been a long time coming.

“Denver Borough was awarded a grant for new playground equipment meeting the latest safety standards at the end of 2013, the old equipment was pulled out in 2014 when the park area became known as the ‘imagination playground,’ and new equipment plus other enhancements, such as handicapped parking, occurred early in 2015,” he said.

Volunteers interested in helping with the planting can join the Shade Tree Commission at either or both sites.

For additional information, please contact the Denver Municipal Building at 717-336-2831.

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