Planting coincides with celebration of First Baptist's 375th anniversary.
Mayor Angel Taveras joined the Providence Parks Department and Trees 2020 for a tree planting event this morning in celebration of Arbor Day. The tree planting and ceremony were held at the First Baptist Church in America on North Main Street, in recognition of the church's 375th anniversary.
The Providence Neighborhood Planting Program and Trees 2020, a program of Groundwork Providence in partnership with the City, supplied the six shade trees, which were planted in the church yard and along Waterman Street.
"Trees not only provide environmental and health benefits - they also make our city a beautiful place to live," said Mayor Taveras. "I commend the Parks Department Forestry Division and our community volunteers for their work to beautify the First Baptist Church in America in honor of its 375th anniversary."
Prior to today's event, the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program has spent four consecutive Saturdays planting 280 street trees throughout the city. Trees 2020 has organized the planting of an additional 100 trees in parks and on private property.
"Arbor Day is a proud tradition across the nation, and particularly here in Providence," said Douglas Still, Providence City Forester. "We're grateful to the many city residents and volunteers who have committed their time and efforts to ensuring that everyone benefits from our trees."
The City's Forestry Division manages 25,000 street trees and all trees in Providence's parks and on public property. It handles more than 2,000 service requests from Providence residents each year, including dead tree removal, tree pruning, pick-up of fallen branches, and stump removal.