Prosper celebrates Arbor Day with new trees

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press

Every year the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department meets with local Scout troops to celebrate Arbor Day and plant two trees in the community.  This year, the local troops met at Town Hall with Mayor Ray Smith to commemorate the event and replace trees in the parking lot. 

“We are celebrating Arbor Day,” Smith said.  “We have been doing this for many years.  We are going to make our town greener, prettier.  We move around throughout the Town each year, trying to make each area of town look nice.”

Inviting children to the event is important to the town staff.

“It is important to teach our children how to plant trees and take care of them,”  Smith said.  “We need to get the kids out of the house and help them serve the community.  They will be the leaders someday, and they will be able to remember that this is the tree they planted.”   

Lily is an eleven year old member of the Girl Scout troop. 

Boy Scouts:  

Wyatt, Patrick, Shiv, Alexander, Venkat 

Parks and Rec helpers: Randy and Raul

“Planting the trees helps our environment and helps us celebrate Arbor Day,” Lily said.  “It is nice that it is here at Town Hall so we can remember which tree we planted.  I want to tell other children that this is a fun activity and it is good to try new things.  If they like planting trees they can find other places to plant trees as well.  We need to plant more trees for the oxygen.”

The Boy Scout troop planted a bur oak tree in the parking lot.  Twelve year old Patrick assisted planting the tree. 

“We need to plant trees so that there is oxygen, and we have to plant trees because we need trees so we have wood.” 

Jane, Addie, Emerson, Emily 

Lily, Jillian

The Scouts were assisted by the Parks and Recreation helpers. 

“Randy taught us about how to plant the trees, why we need to use the mulch and fertilizer, and when we need to water the trees,” Boy Scout Shiv said.  “It seems pretty basic to plant a tree but you want to learn how to do it well so the trees survive.  We are learning those skills now so we can plant trees in the future, as well as some day teach future generations about trees.” 

Both trees planted are located on the north side of the Town Hall parking lot.  The Girl Scouts painted rocks and put them near their tree to mark which tree they helped plant.   

Every year the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department meets with local Scout troops to celebrate Arbor Day and plant two trees in the community.