Arbor Day 2019 in Fullerton
Community volunteers, city crews, and officials joined to plant trees in Richman Park.
The 39th Annual Arbor Day in Fullerton was held at Richman Park on Highland Ave. and the weather was Fantabulous! The community came together to celebrate the day by planting trees at the park.
While receiving instruction about and watching a demonstration of proper planting procedures, participants also learned some more about the value that trees have on our environment. We were shown a photo of Hillcrest Park from 1913 which was void of trees and talked about how Fullerton’s urban forest has developed over 130 years.
Public Works Deputy Director Dennis Quinlivan talked about how bees are important to all of us and about the City’s actions to save them as opposed to eradicating them. Director Quinlivan also discussed the Fire Ant invasion and our city’s efforts to work with OC Vector Control’s RIFA Program.
Individual and Group Volunteers from the surrounding community included residents, along with Members of Fullerton Beautiful, BSA Troop 292, The Izaak Walton League, Bike Fullerton, Girl Scout Troop 4141 and Cub Scout Pack 1210. The City of Fullerton’s Director of Public Works, Meg McWade, Mayor Jesus Silva and Councilmember Bruce Whitaker also joined in and helped to plant the Pink Tabebuia, Magnolia Grandiflora ‘Samuel Sommer’ and Jacaranda trees. Much thanks to City of Fullerton’s Phil Kisor for organizing this event.
City crews provided instruction and did the heavy lifting.
Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops helped plant trees.
Grandpa and Granddaughter joined the all-age volunteer group planting trees this year.