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Press Releases from the City of Reading



READING: Mayor Eddie Morán today announced he is joining the Arbor Day Foundation and the Tree City USA designation in hosting a ceremonial tree planting in observance of Arbor Day. This year’s event will involve planting a variety of trees at E.J. Dives Playground/Baseball Field. The trees planted are symbolic of life, being present, and blessings.

When: Friday, April 29th at 1:00pm

Where: E.J. Dive Playground/Baseball Field, 100 Upland Ave, Reading, PA

Why: Trees are assets to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, reduce cooling cost, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat,among many other benefits.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

The City of Reading has achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget
of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Contact: For additional information, please contact City Arborist Lester Kissinger Jr., at 610-655-6035 or
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About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at