The free event is hosted by the city’s Department of Community Development Parks and Recreation Program and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP). The celebration will take place rain or shine. Light refreshments will be provided.
Dennis Regan, the Berkshire Director of the Housatonic Valley Association, will be the keynote speaker. City Council President Peter Marchetti will deliver a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Tyer.
The celebration coincides with Pittsfield’s recent designation as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
The recognition is great news to Jane Winn, Executive Director of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT). Last year, BEAT helped to oversee Pittsfield’s Greening the Gateway, a state-sponsored tree planting initiative. Winn said the project has been a community effort.
“Congratulations to the City of Pittsfield on this wonderful designation. From June through November 2016, our volunteers watered over 150 trees planted at seven public housing areas in Pittsfield,” Winn said. “We would like to thank the many kids at Dower Square who helped water twice a week. Also, thank you to our community volunteers as well as Pittsfield Tree Watch, Heart-to-Heart Ministries, the Christian Center, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, the Westside Initiative, and the Morningside Initiative for helping water trees and spreading the word about this great program.”
The Arbor Day celebration is a perfect time to reflect on the strides that have been made and the opportunities ahead for more trees in the city, Winn said.
“This year, we have had about a dozen volunteers helping us go door-to-door in the planting area of Pittsfield to help spread the word that people may be able to get free trees, professionally planted for free,” she said.
For more information about the event, please call Becky Manship, Recreation Activities Coordinator, at 499-9370. To learn more about the Greening the Gateway program in Pittsfield, please call Winn at 413-230-7321