West U. Once Again Named ‘A Tree City USA’ Community
For the 19th year, West University Place has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. West U. has met the four standards to receive the recognition – having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The city is sponsoring an Arbor Day/Meet the City Day celebration from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 4 at Colonial Park. This annual event will include a band, drinks, food, face painting, prizes and free 5-gallon trees to the first 100 residents. Residents will also have the opportunity to meet city employees and learn about the functions of each city department.
“A community, its elected officials and its citizens that provide needed care for its trees deserves recognition and thanks,” sad John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns, and they also provide environmental and economical benefits. Cities that are recognized with a Tree City USA designation go to great lengths to plant and care for the community forest.”