By Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The City of Philadelphia celebrated Arbor Day Friday as it does every year, by planting trees and shrubs.READ MORE: Religious Leaders Putting Faith Into Action To Stop Gun Violence In Philadelphia
The shovels were going full speed outside Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philly as volunteers planted a variety of trees and rose bushes.
“We’re here to celebrate Tree Philly which is a great citywide initiative to really engage local residents around the importance of planting trees,” says Katherine Ott-Lovell, ex. director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
She says the event also features a tree giveaway.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer, Civilian Involved In Crash In Kingsessing, Police Say
Joe Gasiewski came in from Overbrook to snap up three trees.
“We got two Easter Red Buds and a Black Gum. We’re actually picking up one of the Red Buds for our neighbor, they lost a tree in the storm so they’re trying to replenish. So [we’re] trying to make Overbrook a little greener, still,” Gasiewski explains.
The Tree Philly program has given away nearly 10,000 trees in recent years as part of a campaign by the Nutter Administration to improve the city’s tree canopy.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia's Furry Friends Celebrate Howl-O-Ween