Arbor Day Adds Tree At Kipapa

A community Arbor Day ceremony is planned for Nov. 1 at Kipapa Neighborhood Park, and the public is welcome.

Planned jointly by the city Department of Parks and Recreation and Kipapa Elementary School, the event has two purposes, according to Joyce Spoehr of city parks: to teach the children about Arbor Day, and to begin the park’s healing from a rash of attacks on its trees – especially a 20-year-old monkeypod valued at $19,000 that was destroyed in August by vandals.

The program begins at 10 a.m. and will include a visit by Mayor Kirk Caldwell, songs by Kipapa Elementary School students and a talk by city botanist Naomi Hoffman. The ceremony celebrates the planting of a Paklan tree (Chinese for its sweet-smelling white flower).

For more information, call Spoehr at 522-7064.