The City of McAllen and “Keep McAllen Beautiful” are hosting the sixth annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, March 4, at McAllen Municipal Park.
The City of McAllen and “Keep McAllen Beautiful” are hosting the sixth annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, March 4. The event features a 5k; 10k; 25-mile bike ride; 5krun/25mile bike ride combo; and a family fun walk. The Arbor Day Celebration emphasizes the importance of trees through the City’s Urban Forester focus on educating the public on proper tree planting, care and maintenance.
Volunteers will help plant trees along the hike & bike trail. Additionally, over 600 native trees will be given away to participants on that day. All events will take place at the McAllen Municipal Park. Participants and the public in general are invited to attend and enjoy the festivities at the park, which include a live band, hands-on projects for children, vendor area and tree giveaways.
Chris Lash, the program coordinator for Keep McAllen Beautiful, said about 800 to 1,000 participants are expected to attend this year, surpassing the 800 people that joined in last year, along with some 100 spectators and volunteers. “This event is important for the Valley because not only is it imperative to maintain our bodies physically fit, it is just as important to care for and protect the environment we live in,” he said. “Trees provide such a precious resource to us. We need to focus on caring for all we have, along with planting a lot more trees in our community.”
The Arbor Day celebration has received great support from the community. The City of McAllen has been the largest supporter and sponsor of the event. Additionally, American Electric Power (AEP), HEB, Rio Bank, and Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP have helped sponsor the event and generously given of their products.
The native tree giveaway will be the culmination of the event. Participants will not only have an opportunity to focus on their health through running, biking, or walking, but to also pay attention to the environment through the care and planting of trees. Overall, according to Lash, the event is a great family outing with lots to do for the entire family, including volunteer opportunities if you don’t race, walk or ride.
By Rolf Otto Niederstrasser