Lakewood celebrates Arbor Day by planting trees at Foothills Park

Published on May 12, 2021

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Mrs. Fullerton’s third grade class at Foothills Elementary School joined Mayor Adam Paul, members of Foothills Elementary administration, and the City of Lakewood community resources and forestry staff on May 6 in planting three deciduous trees at Foothills Park, 12800 W. Virginia Ave., in celebration of Arbor Day. The class was selected by Dean of Students Laurie McKibben after winning the school’s monthly Characteristic Quality of Determination award. The city was also designated as Tree City USA for the 39th year at the event.

The mayor spoke to the class of 12 students about the vital role trees play in the community. Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager Dana Coehelo, of the State Forest Service, was also in attendance and presented the Tree City USA award and read the Arbor Day proclamation. The students, after planting trees, left with tree seedlings to plant at home.

“In 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt gave an Arbor Day letter to school children claiming that ‘it is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetimes the Nation’s need of trees will become serious.' This quote could not be more true today,” said Forestry Supervisor Luke Killoran. “We need everyone’s help to plant in our community and make it a better place.”

In 2020, city forestry staff planted 82 trees in Lakewood. Learn more at

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