Mayor to accept Tree City USA Award in Eastlake on Saturday

For the 26th year in a row, the City of Seattle will be receiving the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA Award. 

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn will accept the award from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources at noon on Saturday, April 23, at E. Blaine and Fairview Avenue E. The award honors Seattle’s ongoing work to preserve its urban trees.

After that ceremony is over, an Arbor Day/Earth Day work party will begin. More than 100 members of OUT for Sustainability and other volunteers will do restorative planting along the Cheshiahud Loop Trail from Fairview Avenue N. to Terry Pettus Park (Newton Street). That work party should be over by 4 p.m.

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According to a press release from the Seattle Department of Transportation:

SDOT and the Seattle Parks Foundation are contributing trees and plants, and the King Conservation District will donate over 200 plants and shrubs to be installed on the lakefront trail. Other sponsors of the event include the Seattle Parks and Recreation, Gay City Health Project, Seattle Works, Eastlake Community Council, Starbucks, Equal Rights Washington, Zero Waste Seattle, and the Boeing Company.