PHOTOS: City Celebrates Arbor Day; Remembers Jay Powers

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Under rainy skies, the City of Burien celebrated Arbor Day with a ceremony at Seahurst Park this morning (April 13).

The event emphasized the importance of urban forests like that found in the park, and Burien’s 10th anniversary being recognized as a “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation.

After hearing from several speakers, including the official city proclamation for Arbor Day, the event concluded with a tree planting and plaque unveiling in honor of Jay Powers.

Powers — a long-time park maintenance worker — passed away unexpectedly this past December. He is probably best known to the public-at-large as the man behind the bullhorn who announced the evening closure of Seahurst Park.

This year’s planting of a Hazel tree was done in remembrance of the service Jay gave to Seahurst Park and other city parks. In addition, a bronze plaque was installed on the bridge leading across the creek toward the south shelter.

Photographer Michael Brunk attended the ceremony and shot these photos. Individual photos can be clicked to view them larger.

Award from the Arbor Day Foundation recognizing Burien for being a “Tree City USA” for ten years

James Freed (Left) from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources presents the Tree City USA flag award to Michael Lafreniere (Right), Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services for the City of Burien

City Council Member Rose Clark reads the official City proclamation for Arbor Day

Representatives from TruGreen LandCare, the city contractors responsible for park maintenance, prepare to plant a hazel tree in honor of employee Jay Powers

Representatives from TruGreen LandCare put the finishing touches on the newly planted tree

Attendees gather at the bridge over the south creek in Seahurst Park for the unveiling of the plaque honoring Jay Powers

The plaque placed on the south bridge in Seahurst Park in remembrance of Jay Powers

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