by: Angelene Davis
City of Palm Coast Multimedia Associate
The city of Palm Coast will be holding its 17th-annual Arbor Day event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7, at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave. Admission is free. Refreshments and products from vendors will be available for purchase.
The tree tent opens at 9 a.m. A Master Certified Arborist will be in the tree tent till noon, offering free guidance on proper pruning, placement, planting and root shaving techniques. To get a free tree, bring a nonperishable food item (for humans or pets) to trade for the tree while quantities last. City of Palm Coast employees and volunteers will be available to assist with loading the trees into your vehicle.
This year’s Arbor Day celebrations will commemorate the city’s newly recognized commitment to help aide in the recovery of Monarch Butterflies nationwide by joining Monarch City USA. Monarch City USA signs will be installed throughout Palm Coast as well as our Tree City signs. The native monarch butterfly release will be at 11 a.m. Other fun activities are planned for all ages, including a butterfly tent, a petting zoo, free arts and crafts and goodie bags for the kids.
While at the event, residents will also be able to take advantage of free paper shredding services. City of Palm Coast employees will be on standby to assist attendees wishing to use this service by wheeling totes to attendees' cars to help unload paper and bring it to a chute that dumps all of it into a shredder.
For the free shredding service, acceptable items include staples, paper clips, spirals, notebooks, expired credit cards, checkbooks, and folders with small prongs with small amounts of metal/plastic. Unacceptable items include batteries, three-ring binders, binder clips, hard drives, X-rays, and large amounts of metal/plastic. Shredded materials will be recycled, with the ink and color removed to produce new paper towels, tissues, etc.
"Arbor Day in Palm Coast is such an amazing event and all the incredible benefits it provides to our residents and the environment,” said City of Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini. "This event is about so much more than trees. It’s about bringing together Palm Coast families and friends to share in our passion for trees and keeping Palm Coast green.”
For more information contact Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini at 386-986-3722 or [email protected].