Arbor Day Kicks Off at Mt. Storm Park

A group of laughing volunteers plants a tree in the mud.

Arbor Day Kicks Off at Mt. Storm Park

On Friday April 26, Cincinnati Parks recognized its continued commitment to advancing conservation and public education relating to the many benefits of trees. A special event was hosted at Mt. Storm Park to kick-off a weekend of events in recognition of Arbor Day. Volunteers planted, mulched and installed protection around trees donated by Dynegy and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation.

Reflecting on the significance of Arbor Day in Cincinnati, Park Board President Brad Lindner said, “Here at the Cincinnati Park Board we are committed to conservation so that these parks and greenspaces enjoyed by so many previous generations are here for many generations to come.”

Speakers also discussed the plan to restore the original landscaping design of Mt. Storm Park. Designed in the 1800’s by Austrian landscape architect Adolph Strauch, Mount Storm Park has lost numerous trees over the years due to age and natural weatherization. The Cincinnati Parks Foundation created the Mt. Storm Tree Project Plan to help revitalize and continue the legacy of Strauch’s vision.

Jennifer Spieser Director of the Parks Foundation thanked Dynegy for their contribution stating, “Their generous gift helped us begin the first phase of the Mt. Storm Tree Project. This work would not be possible without donors like Dynegy and the leadership of our Fundraising Chair, Robert Rack.”

In the backdrop of the ceremony, volunteers planted 50 trees including the varieties sugar maples, sycamores, flowering dogwoods, and redbuds.

Brad Watson, Dynegy Senior Director of Community Affairs said, “Trees are a vital component of strong communities, and we’re honored to help the Cincinnati Parks Foundation jumpstart their long-term sustainability goals and tree replanting efforts at Mount Storm Park.” He continued, “By planting trees now, we’re helping ensure the next generation is able to enjoy this city treasure for years to come.”

To make it official, Cincinnati’s Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman read a proclamation issued by Mayor John Cranley declaring April 26 as Arbor Day in Cincinnati.

The ceremony concluded with students from Cincinnati Public Schools performing a special song in honor of Arbor Day. A presentation of gifts was made by Clifton Area Neighborhood Schools students. This was followed by a ceremonial tree planting with the students and dignitaries present.

President Lindner remarked, “When you talk about trees you are talking about the future. The trees planted today will outlast many of us. Their greatest benefits will be reaped by our children.”

More information and a complete listing of Cincinnati Parks Arbor Day events may be found here: https://www.cincinnatiparks.com/arbor-day-celebration/

More information about the Cincinnati Parks Urban Forestry division may be found here: https://www.cincinnatiparks.com/urban-forestry/

Volunteers plant a variety of young trees on a rainy day.
A group of volunteers covered in mud pose and smile.
Children from the Fairview-Clifton German Language School sing a song for the trees.
Vice Mayor Smitherman reads the Arbor Day Proclamation.
Children help plant a tree.