PHOTOS: City of Burien Celebrates Arbor & Earth Day at Puget Sound Park


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The City of Burien commemorated both Arbor Day and Earth Day on Wednesday morning (April 11) with a ceremony and tree planting at Puget Sound Park.

Burien Parks staff gathered, along with a handful of residents and volunteers, to plant a Garry Oak tree in the park to celebrate the 140th Arbor Day.

The city also celebrated being named a “Tree City USA” for the 11th year, and a proclamation was read by city councilmember Jack Block, Jr., who then handed it to a 2-year old girl named Kendahl Mendes (she’s the cute little girl in the pics below). Block told her that this newly-planted oak would be “her tree,” and she charmingly agreed to take good care of it.

Just before the oak was planted, Burien Parks Director Michael Lafreniere read the following quote from Dr. Seuess’ “The Lorax”:

I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please. But I’m also in charge of the brown Bar-ba-loots, who played in the shade in their Bar-ba-loot suits and happily lived eating truffula fruits. Now, thanks to your hacking my trees to the ground, there’s not enough truffula fruit to go ’round! I speak for the trees! Let them grow! Let them grow!

They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!

But nobody listens too much, don’t you know.

Yes, I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the tree have no tongues. And I am asking you sir, at the top of my lungs.

I speak for the trees! Let them grow! Let them grow!

In addition, this occasion provided an opportunity to highlight the upcoming playground restoration at the park, as presented by Steve Roemer of Burien Parks.

Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska. The holiday is celebrated every year, usually on the last Friday in April, and the customary observance is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor Day in 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted.

Earth Day takes place on April 22, and was first observed in San Francisco and other cities on March 21, 1970.

BTB Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer was on hand, and he took these pics – click on images to see larger versions:

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