The City of Hamilton has a long tradition of celebrating Arbor Day. Friday, April 28, is no exception.

Last year, a row of dying cottonwoods met the chainsaws in River Park, near the gazebo.

This Friday, many of those trees will be replaced. Hamilton, which is a member of Tree City USA, has about a three-hour program, starting at 11 a.m., according to Deputy Clerk Cynthia Fleming.

  • 11 a.m. - Educational presentations - Tree Planting and Care, Importance of Trees to the Ecosystem, History of Arbor Day and the importance of Urban Forestry.
  • 12 noon - Mayor Jerry Steele will read the Arbor Day Proclamation. (city will provide small snacks and drinks.)
  • 1 p.m. - 10 cottonwood trees will be planted and protective fencing installed.

    Teachers have been invited to bring kids to the Arbor Day event.

    The City of Hamilton will have small seedlings to plant in the park or to take home. Officials are hoping older students attending the activity will help the younger kids.

    If you need more information or if you're planning to bring a class of students, contact the Hamilton Public Works Department at 363-6717. They have a nifty poster you can download.