City of Palm Coast is Tree City USA for 14th straight year - and it's time for Arbor Day!

Palm Coast - For the 14th straight year, the City of Palm Coast has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of Palm Coast's urban forestry program. In addition, the City again this year received the Tree City USA Growth Award. This is the 13th time Palm Coast has received this recognition.

The Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.

"We are honored to again be named a Tree City USA and to receive the Tree City USA Growth Award," said Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini. "The timing of this year's award is perfect, because we're preparing to celebrate Arbor Day on May the 4th!"

Palm Coast was recognized as a Tree City USA for promoting environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care for citizens by enforcing a specific tree care ordinance, offering a comprehensive community forestry program, establishing a Green Team and sponsoring an annual Arbor Day observance. The City was also named a Tree City USA Growth community based on its community education programs.

"We are known for our tree canopy and the thousands of beautiful trees we have in our neighborhoods, parks and trails," said Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland. "Trees provide so much to our community's character, and we are proud of our designation as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Please join me to celebrate - and get a new tree to plant - at our upcoming Arbor Day event."

The Arbor Day Celebration will be Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. Admission and activities are free!

"Feed a Mouth, Get a Tree, Grow a Community" is the theme for Arbor Day 2019, which will feature a tree give-away in exchange for non-perishable, non-expired food items (while supplies last, so come early). There will also be a butterfly release and bigger-than-ever butterfly tent, professional paper-shredding service, drone demonstrations, a petting zoo, train rides, and performances by the City's 'Recyclasaurus' and 'Velocirappers' dinosaurs. Families can also take a picture in the life-size eagles nest. DJ Vern of Pyramid Disc Jockeys and Surf 97.3 FM will provide the DJ entertainment for children's games, dancing, line dances, limbo and hula hoop contests. Participants who completed the Mayor's 90/90 Challenge for fitness will be recognized and receive their medals.

A promo video for Arbor Day 2019 can be viewed on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/rfcz-2VNrBw.

For more information, visit www.palmcoastgov.com/ArborDay.