Wirth Park to host Arbor Day celebration

A MPRB arborist helps a child plant a tree at an Arbor Day celebration. Three forestry department positions have been debated in the 2020 budget process. Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will be hosting the city’s 2019 Arbor Day celebration at Theodore Wirth Regional Park, bringing a wealth of tree-themed activities and planting to the Bryn Mawr and Harrison neighborhoods.

The Arbor Day Celebration is 4p.m.–8 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Wirth Park, and includes the Minnesota Brewery Series Arbor Day 5K Fun Run, which donates proceeds to urban forestry outreach and education.

The day’s festivities include tree-themed educational opportunities, live music, games, food trucks and a beer garden.

Every half-hour, attendees will be invited to join MPRB arborists as they head on excursions to plant 200 trees throughout the city.

Before the event, the Park Board will be hosting a dedication ceremony for a new extension of the wetland boardwalk at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. The ceremony runs 2 p.m.–4 p.m. The addition to the boardwalk includes a widened observation area that will allow increased foot traffic at lookout points.

Anyone interested in volunteering with the celebration can contact Sherry Brooks at sbrooks@minneapolisparks.org.