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PRIDE volunteers will plant more than five dozen trees

When dozens of volunteers are turned out into local parks on Saturday morning, they’ll have a bigger job—and a bigger effect—than anticipated.

Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation Director Katie Noyd announced this week that the Excelsior Springs Tree Fund, established through the Heartland Tree Alliance, has reached another milestone—$3,000 donated by the residents and stakeholders of the Excelsior Springs community.

Every dollar donated to the fund will be matched by the Dunn Family Foundation. These donations, in turn, will go toward a tree planting day in Excelsior Springs which will take place this Saturday, Sept. 28, in conjunction with the city PRIDE event.

More than 60 trees will be planted this weekend through the help of local volunteers. Fifteen varieties of trees will be planted in Century Park, Siloam Mountain Park and along the Linear Park Trail and Rainbow Trail.

The volunteers will gather at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the public works building, 103 E. Water Street. After the tree planting, the volunteers will go to the Excelsior Springs Golf Course for a picnic lunch.

All volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, shovels and other tools useful in tree planting.

In case of rain, the project will be delayed by one week, to Saturday, Oct. 5.

For more information on making donations to continue to build the Excelsior Springs Tree Fund, contact the Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation office at 816-630-1040.


By Eric Copeland •

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