In celebration of National Arbor Day, the city of Anoka’s public services department will hold a community tree planting day from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 7.

More than 50 volunteers are needed to plant 70 trees on boulevards surrounding Rudy Johnson Park and possibly Lincoln Elementary School.

Volunteers should meet at 8:30 a.m. at Rudy Johnson Park for a planting demonstration and group assignments. Anyone ages 14 and older are welcome to volunteer.

Holes will be pre-dug and the trees will be at each planting site. Volunteers should bring a labeled shovel, as the city does not have enough shovels for everyone to backfill holes.

A small lunch will be provided, including hot dogs, chips, cookies and water.

For the 41st year, Anoka has been recognized with a Tree City USA Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation. Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

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